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)
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"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)
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.
What a great and interesting man! This audiobook captures his essence and personality. It's filled with interesting stories and thought-provoking Passages.
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.
This is basically "surely you'r joking mr feynman", but not so much stitched together. Buy the other one instead.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
"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.
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.
Incredible to realize he was thinking about concepts like Quantum computing 30 years ago. Both the scientific and the more 'philosophic' pieces are great. Some chapters deserve to be listened to again and again
If you know of Feynman, have watched any lecture recordings, or even hearing one of his drum sessions; you have a good idea what is in store for this books.
Full of humor, spirit, intellect and (dare I say) philosophy; this book was enjoyable from start to finish!
The narrator even reminded me of the way Feynman sounded in recordings. I thought it was spot on as a layman; having never met/heard Feynman personally myself.
Since this is a mixed bag between excerpts, lectures, speeches, etc. There is sometimes crossover between material. But overall it was structured extremely well, and left me thinking after each listening session.
Thank you Mr. Feynman.
"How children should be raised"
Inspiring and vivid stories, full of insights into life, human behaviour, raising children, and nature...
Melville Feynman's deep understanding of inertia, and the way he explained it to his son
The story about Arlene.
There is some overlap with other books, such as 'What do you care what other people think?'
"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.
"Definitely worth reeding"
It is a very funny book about a life of famous Nobel prize winner.
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