I recall looking at excerpts from a notebook Feynman kept while an undergraduate...
Though separated by nine years, Joan and Richard were close, as they both shared a natural curiosity about the world.
Their mother thought that women did not have the cranial capacity to comprehend such things.
The ceremony was attended by neither family nor friends and was witnessed by a pair of strangers. After the ceremony he took her to Deborah Hospital, where he visited her on weekends.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor had brought the United States into the war, Feynman was recruited by Robert R.
This was an incurable disease at the time, and she was not expected to live more than two years.
On June 29, 1942, they took the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island, where they were married in the city office.
Despite their mother's disapproval of Joan's desire to study astronomy, Richard encouraged his sister to explore the universe.
Joan eventually became an astrophysicist specializing in interactions between the Earth and the solar wind.
Feynman was a keen popularizer of physics through both books and lectures including a 1959 talk on top-down nanotechnology called There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom and the three-volume publication of his undergraduate lectures, The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Many years later, in a letter to Tina Levitan, declining a request for information for her book on Jewish Nobel Prize winners, he stated, "To select, for approbation the peculiar elements that come from some supposedly Jewish heredity is to open the door to all kinds of nonsense on racial theory", adding, "at thirteen I was not only converted to other religious views, but I also stopped believing that the Jewish people are in any way 'the chosen people'".
Feynman also became known through his semi-autobiographical books Surely You're Joking, Mr. Later in his life, during a visit to the Jewish Theological Seminary, he encountered the Talmud for the first time and remarked that it contained a medieval kind of reasoning and was a wonderful book.
The young Feynman was heavily influenced by his father, who encouraged him to ask questions to challenge orthodox thinking, and who was always ready to teach Feynman something new.