"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Richard Feynman, respected theoretical physicist, allows readers to enter the mind of the boy who simply thinks about things until they are fixed. The mind which could be a very introverted and cryptic one. Minds like these, often called the minds of geniuses, can be so hard to understand that they tend to be written off, especially when it is the mind of a child. People tend to ignore what they don’t understand, because it is easier than challenging something or changing a framework of thought in order to understand something new.
Feynman realizes that the mind of a boy who thinks about things to fix them can be very cryptic. However, as a child, his mind was fed and he was allowed to be peculiar because he loved solving puzzles and others utilized to fix radios and other machines. He noticed at a young age that people didn’t understand some thoughts of his that seemed so clear to him. He simply thought differently. He shares why it’s so important to make our thoughts understandable to others. For proper communication, growth, and collaboration, we need to be able to understand each other. However, there is nothing wrong with thinking differently. Just because someone doesn’t understand you, it doesn’t mean you’re wrong, it just means you might need to find a new method of communication. Feynman’s writing offers comfort and consolation to anyone who may have felt like an outcast for thinking differently, or for just doing things by seemingly idle thinking.
"I FOUND FEYNMAN'S ACCOUNT TO BE VERY PERSONAL. IT GAVE ME INSIGHT INTO HOW I PROCESS WHEN I'M FIGURING THINGS OUT, AND IT MADE ME THINK ABOUT HOW I COMMUNICATE WHEN TEACHING OR PROBLEM SOLVING" - KRISTEN WELSER