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YOU'RE JOKING, MR. FEYNMAN!
first edition in original first state dust jacket.
signed backwards by co-author, Ralph Leighton
edition, third printing. W. W. Norton & Company, New York:
1985. Original first state dust jacket with price of
"$16.95" and "1-85" at bottom of inner flap.
condition: very good plus; original bright orange cloth and boards;
vibrant gold print on spine; clean and fresh, except spine is slightly
slip-cocked; interior pages clean and bright. Inscribed page lightly
toned by newspaper article that has been removed. Dust jacket is
clean, bright with almost imperceptible fading on spine; no tears or
chips. Original price still on inner front flap of dust jacket.
photograph of internationally known, Nobel Prize winning physicist,
Richard P. Feynman with Diana Stickney of Carmel, California, 1985.
Photograph was located inside inscribed book.
Stickney's receipt for purchasing Feynman material from Faustin Bray's
Sound Photosynthesis, Mill Valley, California, signed by Ms. Faustin Bray,
dated November 9, 1985. This receipt was inside inscribed book.
Workshop program inscribed by Richard "Dick" Feynman to Diana,
also found inside inscribed first edition of SURELY YOU'RE JOKING, MR.
FEYNMAN. Esalen, founded in the early 1960s, is a retreat center for
personal growth in Big Sur, California. Richard Feynman was a teach
in this center while still teaching physics at CAL Tech. The list of
other personalities associated with Esalen are numerous; however, examples
include: Ansel Adams, Buckminster Fuller, Linus Pauling, Arnold Toynbee,
Joan Baez, Jerry Rubin, Betty Fuller, Ray Bradbury, Gabrielle Roth, Aldous
Huxley, Ken Kesey, Joseph Campbell, Ellen Bass, Ida Rolf and Alan Watts.
inquire for further details concerning this well-provenanced Richard
Feynman book and documents.
of one of the most important and influential physicists of the 20th
century: Nobel Prize Winner, Richard P. Feynman
Feynman was one of the world's greatest
theoretical physicists and an early explorer in the universe of quantum
electrodynamics. He was one of the youngest physicists in the Manhattan
Project and a Nobel Prize winner. And even though he was an outstanding
physics professor -- his aura still resonates in the halls of Cal-Tech -- as
well as a prolific author, he shied away from signing books and
manuscripts. But, Dennis Mark managed to acquire this highly sought after
inscription on the book.
SURELY YOU'RE JOKING, MR.
by W.W. Norton & Company, New York and London, 1985, first edition, second
scarcity of Richard Feynman signatures. Signed and/or inscribed
copies of this book are particularly scarce because Feynman did not
comprehend why individuals wanted to collect autographs, especially those
of scientists. He is supposed to have asked a collector to explain
why anyone would indulge in such an odd hobby; of another, Feynman wrote,
"I'm sorry to inform you that I do not send autographs," and
then, ironically, Feynman signed the letter. Requests for Feynman's
signature were routinely relegated to his secretary, who returned a
printed card firmly stating that "Professor Feynman refuses all
requests for autographs." And thus, since Richard Feynman's
death (1988), his signature has become a legendary scarcity.
However, it is his discoveries and leadership in physics, advances in
quantum electrodynamics, enthralling university lectures, and exceptional
personality, that makes his signature valuable.
are always looking to purchase any Richard P. Feynman books, publications, letters,
manuscripts, or other signed, inscribed or autographed material.