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In Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman tells stories from his childhood in Far Rockaway, New York to working on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, and everything in between. With all of his accomplishments and most importantly his failures he continually learned new things and had new ideas. This book is an inspiration to work hard and to always want to learn new things. Feynman was as successful as he was not only because he was naturally brilliant, but also because he loved to learn, think, and figure things out. His stories in Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman show how he used different learning techniques, innovative ideas, and sharp thinking skills throughout different stages in his life to become the legend that he is. It all started in Far Rockaway, New York when Feynman was eleven or twelve years old and set up a lab in his house. He was a very curious boy always messing with fuses and chemicals, and he fixed radios for people during the depression because he knew how to and he was cheaper labor. He tells of his years working in his aunt's hotel doing all kinds of things and learning that "innovation is a very difficult thing in the real world". After high school Richard went to learn physics at MIT where he used to play tricks on his fraternity brothers, and where he did his papers on his own topics not the assigned topics. Also at MIT Feynman became interested in sleeping and dreaming. He would make observations on himself as he was trying to fall asleep and he would try to interpret his dreams. After MIT he got a summer job at the Metaplast Corporation where his job was meta-plating plastics. He was the chief research chemist and the only chemist there. He designed silver coated pens that were a big hit, but the coatings would develop blisters. The company's first big job was a failure so the company did not last. However, later on while working in Los Alamos, Richard worked with a man who also worked on metal-plating plastics in England. He told him that his company couldn't compete with an American company named Metaplast Corporation because they were more advanced and they had a huge research team of chemists and so forth, and he knew this because they advertised in Modern Plastics. Richard told him, "You'll be interested and amused to know that you are now talking to the chief research chemist of the Metaplast Corporation, whose staff consisted of one bottle-washer!" Feynman decided not to stay at MIT for graduate school and to go to Princeton so that he could "find out how the rest of the world is." It took a while for him to get used to the elegance and the people at Princeton because he always had rough informal manners at MIT. At Princeton Richard gave a seminar attended by great scientists such as Von Neumann, Pauli, Russell, and Einstein. Afterwards, Einstein supported him after he was told he was wrong by Pauli because he understood that there could be other possible theories that were...

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