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Preview — The Meaning of It All by Richard P. Feynman
The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist
These three lectures, about science, society, philosophy, religion and so on, were delivered in the early sixties but not published until after Feynman's death. They read as though they are basically transcriptions of more or less off the cuff speaking rather than as composed in written form for the book.
Basically the theme of the talks is how science relates to society's other concerns, with interesting digressions on subjects like why politicia ...more
This is probably pretty good if you are looking to read some basic philosophy from a leading scientist's point of view, but if, like me, you ...more
This book is based off a series of lectures Feynman gave for laymen audiences. I don't think the editors changed enough to say it is "based off" the lectures, actually--even "Thank you for the laugh" and that sort of thing are left in. The lectures cover science and its relation to doubt, religion, and politics. Feynman is critical of his lectures, and with some reason to be, but none of the reasons matter much. It was a pleasure to listen to this, despite its faults.
The lectures were repetitive...more
This 'book' is a collection of talks that he gave late in his life. It has all the interesting ideas and anecdote you exp ...more
I've seen word-for-word transcription of talks that I've given in the past and shuddered at how they came across in written form. A well-written book or article is very different from a well-presented lecture. I got the impression that the edi ...more
I've read many books like that. And Mr. Feynman is sure man we can trust on delivering very good informations but he is also amusing and you can actually feel charisma out of his words. Hawking is probably mostly popular in bringing science closer but ofter, reafing his books you can catch and thinking "Oh, ...more
The lectures were lectures. A physicists lectures. Freely spoken, perhaps even without too clear a scripts. The book is a pretty close account of they way Feynman was speaking. And ...more
My only complaint is that I'd have appreciated a little bit more of structure, but that's minor.
If you enjoy seeing how a scientist of the caliber of Feynman thinks about subjects other than hardcore physics (and you know that Feynman is a master at this), you won't be disappointed.
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Rimane in ogni caso un'ottima fonte di saggezza e colpa di spunti di riflessione.
Le conferenze risalgono all’aprile 1963, quando Feynman aveva quarantacinque anni: per qualcuno potrebbe es ...more
27 - And it is of paramount imptance, in order to make progress, that we recognize this ignorance and this doubt. B/c we have the doubt, we then propose looking in new directions for new ideas. The ...more
He seems to have fun with his last lecture and opens by stating "I have completely run out of organized ideas, but I have a large num ...more
Nothing special here, for the most part, with a lot of very dated references. He's read Richard Hofstadter's The Paranoid Style in American Politics--or read about it--and gives a garbled version of Hofstadter's ideas, without referencing him, recounts a weird example of a wife being terrified of her husband to illustrate paranoia (why would he have come up with that ...more
The whole time I was reading this book, I kept wishing Mr. Feynman was still alive. I would absolutely love to attend his lectures. I imagine he's one of those people who could talk for hours about 20 different subjects, all connected in one train of thought. This whole book is basically an intellectual train of thought, in which the speaker is very aware of the things he speaks of and how the audience perceives him. It was refreshing and different.
One of my favorite quot ...more
Here, Feynman wades a long way beyond his own territory to examine the relationship of science to politics, religion and other aspects of wider Western civ ...more