Take a bunch of Physics students and ask them who is their favourite scientist.
Among many famous names you'll be surprised to find that the winner will be probably Feynman, a name who is basically unknown for the common people.
Indeed, many known him most for his bongo playing and nude sketching rather than his research in modern physics (topics so complex and strange that even Feynman said many times he was not understanding by himself).
I generally don't like to read someone else correspondence, but in this case I made an exception.
When I picked up the book at the library I randomly opened it and found the letter of a Venezuelan high school teacher in trouble to explain energy conservation principle to his students. He wrote to a Nobel prize winner, and the response was simply lovely.
More in general the big message in this book is contained in the title, which is a sentence in a letter regarding a selection of maths books for elementary school.
People should do what they enjoy to do, spending all their energy and without fear of trying different approach to solve a problem, even making deviations from the beaten track.
That is also what a student experiences when approaches Feynman's work, for sure one of the most enthusiast scientist in the world....Continua
A really good book that is easy to read, entertaining and gives plenty of insight that you can think hard about if you'd like to.