Richard Feynman's life story- like an autobiography
A brilliant, unique mind
Oh man. Richard Feynman was truly one of a kind. Every couple of generations, there comes along a person who can popularize science while being blindingly brilliant in his own right. Maybe it's less often than every couple of generations, actually, because his mind was really something special, and the way he brought science to the masses has perhaps only been equaled by the likes of Carl Sagan (although Neil deGrasse Tyson is giving them both a run for their money nowadays). But Feynman stood alone in the 20th century as a popularizer of science who was also a Nobel Prize winning physicist, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Surely you're joking
Feynman's "Surely You're Joking" is a great collection of short writings of Feynman, many based off of anecdotes from his real life. As with all of Feynman's writings, you get a very real sense that- gee, not only is this guy absolutely brilliant, but he's also so very excited to share this with me! And that's exactly how Feynman was about science in general, particularly physics. Everything was so very interesting in the world.
I think that if I had to pick one of the funnier stories as a favorite, it would have to be the safe cracking ones from his time at Los Alamos working on the first atomic bomb. If I had to pick a more serious one, I'd probably say the same section dealing with where his wife passed away- so tough to read, but you really got to peek inside his brain for a second. Richard Feynman was truly an open book when he had an audience, and you get to be the audience when you open this book.