The Meaning Of It All
This is the first thing I've read by Richard Feynman and I'm very excited to read more. He's clearly one of those people who is talented at everything, and could have been a celebrated poet or an economist if he didn't become a physicist instead.
I'm a little surprised to see some many reviews here that suggest that this collection of lectures i ...more
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
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
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 ed ...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