Book Reviews

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What Do You Care What Other People Think?
by Richard Feynman
Published in 1988 (I finished it on August 13, 2019)

This is the second book from Richard Feynman His first book is “Surely you’re joking, Mister Feynman,” And alas, he uses up his best stuff in that book.

The title is good though, and he does draw upon that particular point a few times. Not caring what others think allows a person to really his or her horizons and act with a bit more free nature. It’s really a lesson for everybody, at least in that regard.

That’s not to say there isn’t some good stuff in this book. It has moments where he talks about some interesting or funny things. But overall, there a lot of just very dull chapters—where I sort of just skimmed over. Just wasn’t enough to keep me intereste

That said, the chapters on the NASA Challenger explosion investigation were interesting. Yeah, even inside those chapters there’s just a lot of unnecessary information that really pointless in the story– just details that are going to be forgotten immediately. So yes, he was a very intelligent and funny man who did some great things with this life (and some things I’m sure he questioned later as well).

Bottom line: I don’t know if I would recommend it, but if you see it on the shelf, perhaps skim through it. The first chapters are actually very good where he talks about his wife and their relationship.

And how they decided not to worry about what other people thought. Good advice—then and now.