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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out | [Richard P. Feynman]

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

"This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time," says Alan Guth, author of The Inflationary Universe. "The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world."
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Publisher's Summary

"This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time," says Alan Guth, author of The Inflationary Universe. "The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world."

The late Richard P. Feynman won the 1965 Nobel Prize in physics for his many contributions to physics, especially for his work on quantum electrodynamics. One of the most famous and beloved figures of our era, both in physics and in the public arena, he is the author of many popular and scholarly books, including The Meaning of It All and Six Easy Pieces, which was named one of the best 100 nonfiction books of the 20th century by The Modern Library.

"Every one of the short works is a pleasure," says Rocky Kolb, author of Blind Watchers of the Sky. "Feynman is always outrageous, at times courageous, and often movingly eloquent as he ranges from computers to the role of science in society."

Produced by Dan Musselman
Cover design by Bruce W. Bond
Cover photograph by Christopher Sykes
©1999 by Carl and Michelle Feynman
(P)2000 by Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A sparkling collection." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Feynman's distinctive voice rings out in this book." (Scientific American)
"A delightful reminder of Feynman's prodigious gifts." (Nature)

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    Carlton Los Angeles, CA, USA 01-30-04
    Carlton Los Angeles, CA, USA 01-30-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Alternately interesting and self-congratulatory"

    I have never known someone to go so far out of his way to tell you how humble he is or to tell you about the clever things he thinks in such an "I'm so clever, don't you think?" sort of way as Feynman does, but about half the writings are still pretty interesting. The narrator has a habit of speaking slowly & then very rapidly, kind-of like Martin Scorsese talks, which lends Feynman an annoying voice. Listen to the sample to see of it bothers you.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Paradise, CA, USA 12-27-03
    Donald Paradise, CA, USA 12-27-03
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    "Brilliant author Poor Editing"

    Feynman is excellent and this work could have been even better had the publisher included recordings available of his lectures, however, for some reason, this was not done. Instead there are repetitions, redundancies along with disruptions in chronology that make you wonder whether you are at the beginning or at the end of the audiobook.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lunaray Seattle, WA USA 04-27-12
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    "Reaaly wanted to like this, but got too boring."
    What does Dan Cashman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes Dan was an excellent story teller, I just found the long chapter on computers really dull for a lay person.


    Was The Pleasure of Finding Things Out worth the listening time?

    Richard Feynman is a fascinating person, the book may have been more interesting if it was written by someone else as a biography.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus Ludvika, Sweden 12-01-11
    Marcus Ludvika, Sweden 12-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspiring!"

    Wonderful, I have always been into science and am now studying mathematics and computer science. I can only say that this book is really wonderful and inspiring! What a genius.

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    Jeff La Roche Sur Foron, France 11-20-10
    Jeff La Roche Sur Foron, France 11-20-10
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    "Great man, not so great book"

    I'm a huge fan of Feynman and have read most of his other books. I was disappointed with this audiobook, however. It is simply a collection of disjointed talks and essays which lacks the focus found in his other works. Many ideas are simply rehashed or repeated from chapter to chapter. Dan Cashman has a way of making Feynman seem unbearably smug, which is unfortunate, since he was far more humble in real life. Still, it's a pleasure to hear Feynman talk about physics, so there are a few redeeming qualities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helmars Orient, NY, USA 04-05-03
    Helmars Orient, NY, USA 04-05-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Some repreats from other Feynman books.."

    On the whole, an enjoyable listen. I am, of course, a Feynman fan. A brilliant man is well portrayed. Great insight into the way his mind worked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 03-15-03
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 03-15-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Great stories mixed with bland babble"

    Not that I am a genius or could write any better, but about half of these stories bored me. I consider myself to be very scientific and but these boring stories seemed like ramblings of a philosophical scientist. There are some real pearls and the coverage of the First Space shuttle explosion really eerily predicts the more current one.

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    Kent MESA, AZ, USA 03-09-04
    Kent MESA, AZ, USA 03-09-04
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    "Wonderful"

    This is a great book. Sometimes way over my head, but I love the stories about Los Alamos. Excellent.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James E. Dimitroff Dallas, TX 09-11-03
    James E. Dimitroff Dallas, TX 09-11-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Okay, but kind of skips around..."

    This is an okay listen, but sometimes gets borning to me. It just of jumps around, and the narrator is sometimes a narrator, other times acting like Richard Feynman. So he's always saying Feynman, or Narrator so you know who is suppose to be talking. Also, jumps from articles, to interviews, to theories. So it's not like a sequence of life events, but rather a broad mixture of everything about Richard Feynman. Not near as entertaining as 'Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman' I don't think. But it does cover many areas.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Homestead, FL, United States 06-11-05
    Stephen Homestead, FL, United States 06-11-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Not worth purchasing"

    I have listened to only science related audible books. This is one of the most disappointing. It is somewhat interesting, but very limited. For me it was not worth the money. I learned very little from this one. I listen to the good ones several times and the others I trash after listning to them. I will not listen to this one again.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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