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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Audiobook

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman

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Publisher's Summary

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science - a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will delight anyone interested in the world of ideas.

"From the irregular trivia of ordinary life mixed with a bit of scientific doodling and failure to the intense dramatic concentration as one closes in on the truth and the final elation (plus, with gradually decreasing frequency, the sudden sharp pangs of doubt) - that is how science is done." (Richard P. Feynman to James D. Watson)

©1999 Michelle Feynman and Carl Feynman (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The most original mind of his generation." (Freeman Dyson, renowned theoretical physicist and mathematician)

"A sparkling collection." (Wall Street Journal)

"Feynman’s distinctive voice rings out in this book…Feynman is both interesting and quotable." (Scientific American)

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    R. W. Owens 03-08-16
    R. W. Owens 03-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "surely you're joking"

    I think Surely you're joking Mr Feynman is a much better read. If you have read that book then this book will have some duplication in stories.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ashton F. 06-06-15
    Ashton F. 06-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator even sounds like Feynman!"

    What a great and interesting man! This audiobook captures his essence and personality. It's filled with interesting stories and thought-provoking Passages.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mattias Tammet Tallinn, Estonia 11-17-15
    Mattias Tammet Tallinn, Estonia 11-17-15
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    "You will have heard some of it already"

    There's a lot of overlap between the stories, so it feels unedited. Other than that, the usual fare for Feynman - funny and insightful. Lovely voice performance as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erlend 04-06-16
    Erlend 04-06-16
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    "Interesting, but material is covered in better book."

    This is basically "surely you'r joking mr feynman", but not so much stitched together. Buy the other one instead.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-04-16
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-04-16

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts"

    "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool."
    ― Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

    It is hard to not love Feynman. You can love his as a scientist, as a man, as a genius, as a teacher, as an iconoclast. He is the real deal. 'The Pleasure of Finding Things Out' is a series of 13 speeches, articles, essays, interviews by or with Richard Feynman. These are guilty pleasure reads for people who adore those great physicists of the early 2oth centuries who were lucky AND brilliant enough to be physicists when physics jumped from classical to quantum. These guys were amazing. Feynman wasn't among the first wave of theoretical physicists to dance in the quantum space, but he was a huge member of the second wave.

    The thing that makes Feynman so interesting is just his unpretentious quirkiness, his love of telling stories, his ability to quickly grasp the root of a problem (whether in physics, biology, or religion) and give you an honest answer.

    The only drawback to this collection is it repeats several stories. Feynman retold many of his favorite stories (locks at Los Alamos) or ideas (cargo cult science). So if you've read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character or Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman many of these stories have been heard before. Even inside of this book a couple stories get retold a bit. It is unavoidable, but still a bit of a draw back.

    Anyway, this isn't a deep dive into science. It is a flirtation with the curiosity that drives scientists. It is the recollections of one of the most fascinating characters to come out of the Manhattan Project and the post-quantum revolution period of physics. So, if you haven't read much on Feynman I might recommend reading 'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!' first, but I'd still not neglect to check this out as well.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Humble filmmaker 04-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect for introduction to Feynman or for long time fans"

    Not every section is equally interesting and relevant, but this is only because some are more interesting and relevant than anything written that long ago has any right to be.

    The reader manages to sound much like Feynman himself, and really nails the cadence and emphasis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    01-07-17
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    "great listen"

    the book gives inspiration to young scientists. some prats are repetitive, but overall, it's a great book. i especially like the last chapter.

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    Amazon Customer 12-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Richard Feynman is the man!"

    I found this book to be an excellent compilation of Richard Feynman and the amazing stories and life experiences he's had. If only more people thought like him , the world would be at such a better place.
    Highly recommend you check this out!

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    Michael 12-22-16
    Michael 12-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not relevant for me at this time in my life."

    Struggled to finish this book but not due to a lack of interest, just didn't resonate with my current place in life. I sincerely appreciate the lessons I gained from this book. #1 stay hungry to learn about the intricacies of how things work #2 if a book is not relevant to what you are working on in your life, put it down and choose one that is. None the less, an amazing book for the technically minded and scientific type. I would certainly recommend this book to specific people.

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    Patrick Sanaghan 10-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "tried to like it , but couldn't"
    Would you try another book from Richard P. Feynman and/or Sean Runnette?

    I know this guy was very smart and famous, but I just didn't t find it all that interesting


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  • Babis
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    7/21/15
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    "How children should be raised"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pleasure of Finding Things Out the most enjoyable?

    Inspiring and vivid stories, full of insights into life, human behaviour, raising children, and nature...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pleasure of Finding Things Out?

    Melville Feynman's deep understanding of inertia, and the way he explained it to his son


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Colour


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story about Arlene.


    Any additional comments?

    There is some overlap with other books, such as 'What do you care what other people think?'

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fritz
    1/7/17
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    "All you want to hear is already in the first book."

    Not worth listening if you have already gone through "Surely you're joking...". and if not listen that instead. A lot of repetition and new material is not anything special.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    7/20/15
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    "Definitely worth reeding"
    What did you like most about The Pleasure of Finding Things Out?

    It is a very funny book about a life of famous Nobel prize winner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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