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  •  I always thought him to be quite witty in perso... (2+ / 0-)
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    kj in missouri, G2geek

    I always thought him to be quite witty in person. I can't tell - were you being ironic about that?

    •  Not Really (4+ / 0-)

      Back during my undergraduate days (and the light from that period hasn't reached earth yet either), I remember seeing a copy of the Feynman lectures in my college bookstore.  I had thought that the physics text we were using was dry.   Feyman's lectures in print compared to that text like a very dry cabernet to a very sweet sherry.  His lectures (and over time I did manage to obtain copies of a number of Feynman's actual lectures on cassette) are very much different, with his personality and joie de vivre oozing throughout.  It's not often that a Nobel-winning professor 'fesses up openly to screwing up a derivation in the lecture and tells the students to do it as an exercise.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 02:29:57 PM PDT

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    •  Indeed, very much so (3+ / 0-)

      But the books are not a casual read the way that talking with him in person (or viewing video) would be, where he was more accessible to an ordinary audience. The books are good textbooks, but they are textbooks, if that makes sense. ;-)

      Really an amazing person all the way around, and it was very sad to lose him.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 02:31:52 PM PDT

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    •  Speaking of his sense of humor (2+ / 0-)
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      Randtntx, Yasuragi

      There is a book called Tuva or Bust written by a friend of his.  It is about their attempt to visit Tuva mainly because it was so difficult to get to.  Sadly he didn't make it before he died but the attempt resulted in a cultural exhibit from Tuva--yurts and all, at the Natural a History Museum in Los Angeles.

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