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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF RICHARD P. FEYNMAN

[FEYNMAN, Richard P.] Richard Feynman's Tambourine acquired in Brazil, ca 1951
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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF RICHARD P. FEYNMAN

[FEYNMAN, Richard P.] Richard Feynman's Tambourine acquired in Brazil, ca 1951
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 USD
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[FEYNMAN, Richard P.] Richard Feynman's Tambourine acquired in Brazil, ca 1951
An 11 inch diameter Pandeiro, wood, metal, and goat skin. Skin torn from use. SIGNED BY RICHARD FEYNMAN "R.P. FEYNMAN. HOTEL MIRAMAR / COPACABANA, RIO." 
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FEYNMAN'S TAMBOURINE FROM BRAZIL, SIGNED BY HIM. Feynman spent a sabbatical year in Brazil as a lecturer at the Brazilian Center for Physics Research. He lived in the Miramar Hotel while he was there, and not only taught himself Portuguese, but learned to play in a samba band. "There was a man at the U.S. Embassy who knew I liked samba music. I think I told him that when I had been in Brazil the first time, I had heard a samba band practicing in the street, and I wanted to learn more abut Brazilian music. He said a small group, called a "regional," practiced at his apartment every week, and I could come over and listen to them play.... One guy had a tambourine that they called a pandeiro, and another guy had a small guitar. I kept hearing the beat of a drum somewhere, but there was no drum! Finally I figured out that it was the tambourine, which the guy was playing in a complicated way, twisting his wrist and hitting the skin with his thumb. I found that interesting, and learned to play the pandeiro, more or less." (Richard Feynman, "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!" p. 235)

History of Science & Technology, Including the Nobel Prize and Papers of Richard P. Feynman

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