By Richard P. Feynman
Richard P. Feynman, premio Nobel in keeping with los angeles fisica nel 1965, è stato l'esatto contrario dello scienziato accademico distaccato dal mondo. Fu invece uomo d'insaziabile curiosità e sempre disponibile a qualsiasi "deviazione" dal percorso già tracciato. A una ricchezza di vita che ha dell'incredibile si unisce anche, in keeping with nostra fortuna, una meravigliosa capacità di narrarla. Feynman morì il 15 febbraio 1988 dopo una lunga lotta contro il cancro. Nel corso del suo ultimo anno di vita preparò, insieme all'amico Ralph Leighton, il manoscritto di questo libro, che segue di tre anni "Sta scherzando, Mr. Feynman!" e che può venir considerato il suo testamento spirituale. Nella prima parte del libro l'irriverenza caratteristica della personalità di Feynman cede talvolta a una cifra narrativa più intima. Emergono così i ritratti di due determine su tutte le altre: quello della prima moglie Arlene, morta giovanissima, e quello di suo padre, l. a. character che, cube Feynman, gli insegnò a pensare. l. a. seconda parte è invece dedicata alla sua ultima avventura, l'indagine scientifica seguita all'esplosione del Challenger nel gennaio del 1986, in cui persero los angeles vita sette persone. Feynman, membro della Commissione delegata a indagare sull'incidente, svela los angeles confusione e i fraintendimenti che portarono a uno degli episodi più tristi dell'esplorazione del cosmo.
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