This book complements Feynman’s autobiography “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman” and sequel “What Do you Care What Other People Think” very well. It includes interviews from Feynman’s colleagues, family and friends, as well as himself, and gives the reader a more complete picture of the man and a life fully lived.
“Feynman’s great secret in solving the problem of quantum electrodynamics was that he developed this way to do it graphically, rather than by writing down formulas. As you know, this led to the Feynman diagrams which everybody is using now for any kind of calculation in field theory. The great power of Feynman’s diagrams is that they combine many steps of the older calculations in one. In the time before Feynman, we would do it all longhand on paper, in algebra, and we would have to consider electrons and positrons separately. This was a very lengthy affair. Feynman was able to combine this, so that only one diagram needed to be calculated. That’s the genius!’
— Hans Bethe, Nobel laureate in physics
Dying of Cancer
He said something which I wish I could remember exactly. It was to the effect, “Yeah, it bugs me, but it doesn’t bug me as much as you think it would, because I feel like I’ve told enough stories to other people, and enough of me is inside their minds. I’ve kind of spread me around all over the place. So I’m probably not going to go away completely when I’m dead!” That’s closest to any sort of philosophy or religion I ever got out of Richard.
— Danny Hillis, computer scientist