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

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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465023950
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/04/2005
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 88,931
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
1: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out ..... 1
2: Computing Machines in the Future ..... 27
3: Los Alamos from Below ..... 53
4: What Is and What Should Be the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society ..... 97
5: There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom ..... 117
6: The Value of Science ..... 141
7: Richard P. Feynman's Minority Report to the Space Shuttle Challenger Inquiry ..... 151
8: What Is Science? ..... 171
9: The Smartest Man in the World ..... 189
10: Cargo Cult Science: Some Remarks on Science, Pseudoscience, and Learning How to Not Fool Yourself ..... 205
11: It's as Simple as One, Two, Three ..... 217
12: Richard Feynman Builds a Universe ..... 225
13: The Relation of Science and Religion ..... 245
Acknowledgments ..... 259
Index ..... 261

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John Horgan

Feynman at his idiosyncratic, brilliant best.
— John Horgan, author of The Undiscovered Mind

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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GlennBell on LibraryThing 27 days ago
At first I was not certain that this book was worth reading. It seemed disjoint and pointless. Eventually, I began to appreciate the man, Richard Feynman, and his thoughts. He seems to have been an intelligent and thoughtful person. His evaluation of science, non-science, religion, and life in general seem accurate to me. The book is unusual in that it is a compilation of lectures, interviews, and background on Richard Feynman.
rondoctor on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Good read, especially the chapter about Los Alamos. Some of the technology forecasting is dated ... but only because it has come true.
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Fan4SFGiants More than 1 year ago
This is one of Richard Feynman's finest masterpieces. Richard Feynman clearly explains his theories about computers,atomic bombs and other physics observations found in everyday objects. If you're interested in physics,read this book. You'll love it!
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