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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

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.
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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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    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.

    5 of 5 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erlend 04-06-16
    Erlend 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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.

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    Tara 03-05-16
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    "inspiring"

    I simply loved this audio book. The narrator spoke so similarly to Feynman that it felt as though the good professor was narrating it himself

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    Rolando Ruiz 02-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Feynman is potent inspiration"

    The subject, science, feels easy to grasp in Feyman's words. It helps a lot that the narrator has a similar voice to the author's.
    I hope I make time to study mathematics and physics in order to understand better the wonders of the world

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dmitry 01-30-16
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    "repetitions, a lot of known material"

    lots of content from "SYA,Mr.F" and "what do you care..". editorial work not immersive - they left lots of repetitions in lectures, sometimes 20-30 minutes word to word.

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    S. S. H. 01-09-16
    S. S. H. 01-09-16

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    "deslike the performance"

    I love this book but the reader is horrible... emotionless... :( the performnace makes all the difference

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    Will TEXAS 05-20-15
    Will TEXAS 05-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Feynman is my hero"

    Can't wait to meet him someday... Maybe in another life or dimension. I wish he were around to weigh-in more on the nature of consciousness.

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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
  • Amazon Customer
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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.


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