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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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    Charles Gousha San Jose, CA USA 03-02-06
    Charles Gousha San Jose, CA USA 03-02-06 Member Since 2004
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    "A variable compilation"

    This book is a compilation of many of the later stories and records from Richard Feynman's career. Some, like "Los Alamos from Below", are retellings of stories from other books. Some, like the Space Shuttle Challenger Minority Report, are transcriptions of Feynman's writings that are more thorough than other accounts. And some, like the 1979 Omni Magazine interview, are brand new listings.
    The audio version is very well spoken, always clear, and the chapter breaks are in their proper places: between chapters.
    For the Richard Feynman fan, this is a decently collected book, though it varies considerably in tone and narrative. For others, they should reach instead for Feynman's two main books, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" and "What do You Care What Other People Think?"

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 11-28-04
    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 11-28-04
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    "Fantastico!"

    Great audiobook! Covers Richard's ideas, life, and speeches. The narrator does a dynamite job, his method of delivery perserves the spirit of "the man himself". Those without scientific backgrounds will have no trouble here. Only two instances reach outside of the realm of the layman, and they are fairly brief. I highly recommend this title. However, if live in a cave and/or believe in magical mystical powers; your world may be shattered. You were warned :)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Denver, NC United States 05-19-03
    Robert Denver, NC United States 05-19-03 Member Since 2002

    An retired entrepreneur and educator, who is having trouble staying retired.

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    "Good work well read"

    There is some overlap between the different speeches and interviews of Feynman but it is so good you dont mind hearing it twice. The section on science and religion is outstanding. The discussion of what is and is not science should be read before picking up many of todays more popular "scientific" periodicals.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    01-27-03
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    "cracking safes to the theory of atomic bombs"

    Generally a very good book. He really paints people involved in science in colorful way and his own exploits are always entertaining. A little bit of repetitition from time to time in the various speeches but not too bad. I would agree with another reviewer that his development of arguments on education on religion certainly were not as convincing as his home turf science.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Deming, NM, USA 12-25-03
    Robin Deming, NM, USA 12-25-03
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    "Interesting"

    It is a wonderful and entertaining look into a brillant man's mind. His way of showing us how learning can be so much fun. I loved this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas P. Wade 12-21-02 Listener Since 2002
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    "Expert on somethings"

    There is acceptable belief that makes an expert in one subject believe it makes him an expert in all others. I enjoyed most of the book, the science and physics and all. But when he left the science arena it went down hill fast.

    34 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    kieu Canley Heights, Australia 10-01-09
    kieu Canley Heights, Australia 10-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A little unpolished but interesting!"

    This is my first reading of Richard Feynman and hence, not surprising at all, it's very interesting. Nevertheless, I must say that the collection is not well arranged. There were repetitions between chapters. If we consider the book as an interview collection, it's certainly is worthy of 5-star ranking for the content. On the other hand, if we are searching for a literature item, there are many places in the book that require improved editing or re-arrangement. My most enjoyed chapter was Mr Feynman's talk about how science should be taught.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eunhui Fort Lee, NJ, USA 04-15-09
    Eunhui Fort Lee, NJ, USA 04-15-09
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    "The pleasure of finding things out"

    I'm just interested in physics, trying to read some physics books for beginners. I think this book surely reveals the charm of Feynman as we know it and I quite like this reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Sacramento,, CA, USA 10-10-07
    Sam Sacramento,, CA, USA 10-10-07
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    "bit repetitive but a lot of fun"

    I can see how religious folks and "pseudo-science" practitioners would hate this guy. He was unafraid of the real answers from real analysis and was willing to 'wait and see' with an open mind about the rest. The physics speeches were fun & inspiring, but his scientific look at psychology and religion were most honest & refreshing. "Experts" & preachers beware!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg North Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-22-06
    Greg North Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-22-06
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    "Pretty Good"

    I liked this one a lot though I started to lose interest in the last couple chapters. I particularly enjoyed the way this was read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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