"What this latest edition shows most remarkably is Feynman's place in the popular imagination—and how striking it is that any physicist would occupy it. It has become common to complain that we have no public intellectuals, but how much rarer is the public scientist."
—New York Times
"With the publication of 'Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track,' we get Feynman direct—from his mind to the stationery and into the envelope. Compiled by his daughter, Michelle Feynman, the result is a labor of love and, at times, too much of a good thing… Feynman often insisted that he couldn't write. Now we know better. It was another of his jokes."
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman makes palpable the legend that surrounds this Nobel laureate and Caltech physics professor nonpareil. His correspondence affords the intimate yet respectful conversation with a genius usually reserved for a close friend or member of the family."
—Christian Science Monitor
"Few books really are 'a joy to read.' This one, full of charm and wisdom, truly is."
"Just when you thought the fount of Feynmaniana had run dry comes this splendid collection of letters assembled and introduced by adopted daughter Michelle.... Feynman describes his elation at discovering a new law of physics: 'There was a moment when I knew how nature worked. It had elegance and beauty. The goddam thing was gleaming.' ...That Gleam shines through here."
—Kirkus, starred review
The Scientist Is Gone, but Not His Book Tour
by Edward Wyatt, April 7th, 2005, The New York Times
It is a problem that might have puzzled the great physicist himself: how to conduct an author tour when the author is, well, not exactly available.
The author and physicist in this case are one and the same: Richard P. Feynman, the Nobel Prize laureate who, next to Albert Einstein, is one of the world's most recognizable scientists and one of the few whose written works have consistently made the best-seller lists.
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