Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman is a collections of anecdotes told by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Mostly humorous, Feynman also makes observations about human nature, science, and education. His chapter on teaching in Brazil makes a point about rote learning. He grew up learning by understanding, not by rote, and those students in Brazil learning by rote weren’t learning anything.
Feynman loved puzzles and refused to give up any challenge. This tenaciousness helped him solve seemingly insoluble problems in his professional life.
Feynman comes across as a very down-to-earth guy with a total disrespect for ideas that have no grounding in the real world, as witnessed by his capture on Cargo Cult Science. I agree with my sister’s review of the book– it’s a delight to read.