"What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious Character

By Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton

The New York Times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

one of many maximum physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for event and an extraordinary skill to inform the tales of his existence. "What Do You Care What other folks Think?" is Feynman’s final literary legacy, ready together with his good friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton. between its many tales―some humorous, others intensely moving―we meet Feynman’s first spouse, Arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible secret as she lay demise in a health center mattress whereas he labored close by at the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. we're additionally given a desirable narrative of the research of the gap shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the instant whilst Feynman printed the disaster’s reason through a sublime scan: losing a hoop of rubber right into a glass of chilly water and pulling it out, misshapen.

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I stated. “I basically requested you for the data this morning! ” Graham used to be regularly very cooperative. determine 14 Puffs of black “smoke” (fine unburned debris) have been obvious escaping from an analogous position the place the flame used to be saw. (© NASA. ) The paper on most sensible says, “Professor Feynman of the Presidential fee desires to learn about the results over the years of temperature at the resiliency of the O-rings…”—it’s a memorandum addressed to a subordinate. less than that memo is one other memo: “Professor Feynman of the Presidential fee desires to know…”—from that subordinate to his subordinate, etc down the road. There’s a paper with a few numbers on it from the terrible bastard on the backside, after which there’s a sequence of submission papers which clarify that the answer's being despatched as much as the following point. So here’s this stack of papers, similar to a sandwich, and within the center is the answer—to the incorrect query! the reply used to be: “You squeeze the rubber for 2 hours at a undeniable temperature and strain, after which see how lengthy it takes to creep back”—over hours. i wished to understand how briskly the rubber responds in milliseconds in the course of a release. So the knowledge used to be of no need. I went again to my inn. I’m feeling awful and I’m consuming dinner; i glance on the desk, and there’s a tumbler of ice water. I say to myself, “Damn it, i will be able to know about that rubber with no need NASA ship notes backward and forward: I simply need to attempt it! All i must do is get a pattern of the rubber. ” i believe, “I might do that day after today whereas we’re all sittin’ round, hearing this prepare dinner crap we heard at the present time. We constantly get ice water in these conferences; that’s anything i will be able to do to avoid wasting time. ” Then i believe, “No, that may be gauche. ” yet then i believe of Luis Alvarez, the physicist. He’s a man i like for his gutsiness and humorousness, and that i imagine, “If Alvarez was once in this fee, he may do it, and that’s more than enough for me. ” There are tales of physicists—great heroes—who have got details one, , three—just like that—where each person else is making an attempt to do it in a sophisticated approach. for instance, after ultraviolet rays and X-rays have been stumbled on, there has been a brand new style, known as N-rays, came upon by way of André Blondel, in France. It was once demanding to notice the N-rays: different scientists had trouble repeating Blondel’s experiments, so somebody requested the good American physicist R. W. wooden to visit Blondel’s laboratory. Blondel gave a public lecture and demonstration. N-rays have been bent via aluminum, so he had all types of lenses covered up, by means of an important disk with an aluminum prism within the center. because the aluminum prism slowly grew to become, the N-rays got here up this fashion and bent that method, and Blondel’s assistant pronounced their intensity—different numbers for various angles. N-rays have been laid low with mild, so Blondel grew to become out the lighting to make his readings extra delicate. His assistant persevered to document their depth. while the lighting got here again on, there’s R. W. wooden within the entrance row, keeping the prism excessive within the air, balanced at the suggestions of his hands, for all to determine!

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