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Il senso delle cose

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A un uditorio che si presume esilarato un Feynman in forma smagliante lancia le sue provocazioni intellettuali, spiegando col suo stile immediato e antiretorico in che consiste il metodo scientifico; mostrando, ad esempio, come sovente un’ipotesi da «quasi certamente» falsa possa diventare «quasi certamente» vera. O viceversa. Nel «quasi» è il succo di tutto il suo argomen ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca scientifica #27, 125 pages
Published 1999 by Adelphi (first published 1998)
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The Meaning of it All is based on lectures given by Richard Feynman to lay audiences at the University of Washington, Seattle, over three nights in April 1963, on science and its relationship to social problems and religion. (All of Feynman's published books are similarly based on recordings of lectures or conversations.) It pains me to say anything negative about a book by Feynman but this is one that probably should never have been published, except as part of a "Complete Works" set. This is p ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
What a wonderful, quick, fascinating read. I'd say this is my new manifesto if the idea of having a manifesto didn't go against nearly everything inside.

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
Feb 01, 2016 Shaunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav, theory
Richard Feynman was something else. He summarizes the curious, scientific worldview like no other.
Jan 11, 2014 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife told me about a movie she watched (The Challenger Disaster ( late one night that covered the investigation regarding the space shuttle Challenger. She said the lead technical person in the investigation was this interesting scientist, who I later found out was Richard Feynman. Luckily, my wife had recorded the movie as well as a small documentary of this "scientist". After watching both pieces, I was amazed I'd never heard of this man, but was so gla ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in July 2001.

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
Clif Hostetler
I respect Mr Feynman's intelligence and skill as a lecturer. His reputation makes me feel bad about giving this book only two stars. But this book isn't his best work. The three lectures in this book were given in 1963. It's interesting to speculate how his speech would be different if given today. In 1963 the lectures may have seemed more cutting edge. I was particularly interested in what he had to say about the relationship between religion and science. Well, he did a fine job describing the ...more
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Sep 12, 2012 Eve Proofreads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So here it is, the greatest puzzle of all, life, the universe and everything, as discussed by the genius, Richard Feynman. The Nobel Prize winning physicist is often quoted in popular science; I thought it was about time I read him in his own words. This book contains three public lectures given in 1963. The first, entitled, ‘The Uncertainty of Science’, addresses the importance of doubt in science as the catalyst for ideas and progress and introduces his views on the remarkable process of scien ...more
Sep 05, 2010 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since my first introduction to Richard Feynman's memoirs, lectures, letters and the first hand stories about him I've been a fan. For me, Richard Feynman represents an embodiment of scientific curiosity, healthy skepticism and a powerful advocacy of acknowledging the limits of understanding and the importance of knowing we cannot be absolutely certain of many things. This short volume / audio production is a transcription / reading of three lectures the great physicist and practical joker gave a ...more
Mohamed al-Jamri
This book is a short read. It is based on three-part public lecture given by Feynman in 1963 in which he talked about various topics. In general they're enjoyable, especially those that deal with science, but he also speaks about politics. The following points are my summary for the most important topic he tackled:
*The nature of science, the fact that it can be used for good or evil purposes.
*Nature and its poetry that is way more beautiful than myths, because its imagination is more than that o
Jun 22, 2016 Lada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's not much here that a scientist probably has not thought of on their own, nor is it expressed in a way that would make you pause and think of things in a new way, but the historical context (civil rights, space exploration, cold war) and the fact that it is a self-admitted brain dump by Freynman, make it a worthwhile read.
Jun 17, 2014 Utsav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A collection of three lectures given by Feynman in 1963. Unfortunately, these lectures were very non-technical in nature, with Feynman talking about his views on science, society, religion, and the relationships between them. He's engaging enough, but the subject matter is rather thin, especially if you're already pretty committed to a scientific worldview.

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
Here we have 3 lectures generally entitled "A Scientist looks at Society", transcribed verbatim, apparently. I can hear, even picture Feynman when reading it; he had a distinctive way of speaking that was very natural and not polished at all, including hesitations, corrections and minor mistakes of language. Not often did he memorise a speech.

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
Leanne M.

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

Apr 29, 2009 Louis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was decent, but suffers from supply and demand problems. There is/was a huge demand for Richard Feynman books since his death. The problem is that everything he has written was already published. Al of the 'new' books you find 'written' by Feynman in the last decade or so are just collections that reorganize his short anecdotes already published in different volumes.

This 'book' is a collection of talks that he gave late in his life. It has all the interesting ideas and anecdote you exp
Jan 21, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I opened this book with some excitement, as Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is an all-time favorite of mine. Although I did enjoy The Meaning of It All, I just wasn't getting into it as much as Surely You're Joking and I wasn't sure why. Then it hit me.

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
Jan 06, 2014 C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forgive me if this is a bit obvious, but these are just transcriptions of lectures given by that one professor on campus that everybody likes and is like "oh man you gotta take that guy" and then you go to his class that is hopefully on theoretical physics (or in my specific case, 1920s lit) and all he does is ramble about semi-random things and whenever he's about to talk about the nature of reality itself (or violence as masculinity in hemingway, his personal valuation of the prose in early fi ...more
Jun 11, 2007 Trin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A trio of lectures Feynman gave in 1963 on the theme of "A Scientist Looks at Society." He discusses politics, religion, and the role of science. Feynman's thoughts aren't always perfectly organized, but much of what he says—especially about how people aren't trained to think scientifically, and how that's a detriment to a society that's pretty much conditioned to perceive itself as incapable of understanding science and logical thought—is still remarkably relevant today. This seemed to me almos ...more
May 07, 2016 Curiosity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a very quick 3hrs reading of 100pages something! A great solid fundamental understanding of science, religion, sociology and economic. Feynman always indicate complicated things a simply funny story!
I discovered Feynman through Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher and I am now excited to dive into the details of the The Feynman Lectures on Physics and QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter. As many others have experienced, I have now developed the habit of walking in to a bookstore and picking up anything with Feynman's name on it, simply because the guy is so damn good at explaining the world.

This book, while entertaining and an easy read, doesn't leave
Pankaj Bagul
First two chapters are good. Last chapter is more of confusing and can skip.
Review: The Meaning Of It All by Richard P. Feynman.

The book is well written but sometimes confusing with all his Citizen-Scientist ideas and opinions in his lectures applied to religion, the cold war, politics and everything in between. Some of his statements were open and controversial but it didn 19t seem to bother him that others thought his mind was somewhat twisted. His thoughts made sense but on the other hand they made no sense. Feynman states he will not offer anything in his lectures t
The title is a bit deceptive.
This is not actually a book, it's transcripts of a 3 part lecture he did on random thoughts of his.

This is the first I have read of any of Richard Feynman's words and despite other reviewers saying that this is far from his best work and not a reflection of the true Feynman, I beg to differ. I can still feel his charismatic character and genius in this uncomplicated ramblings and look forward to reading more of his work.

At 120 pages it's quite digestible and fun
Robert Vlach
Tato kniha je přepisem tří veřejných přednášek o vědě vširším kontextu politiky, školství, náboženství a filozofie (epistemologie). Zaujaly mě dvě myšlenky týkající se, řekněme, měkkých léčebných metod (faith-healing), jako je homeopatie či léčitelství. Feynman argumentuje, že v konečném součtu tyto metody mohou buď a)pomáhat, b) nemít žádný výrazný efekt, anebo c) škodit zejména tím, že pacient kvůli nim odkládá účinnou léčbu. To je silná myšlenka adocela by mne zajímalo, jestli se jí od té dob ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Phan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feynman in this book does not discuss extensively or meticulously any big ideas. Those ideas are quite familiar questions around imagination,science, religion, freedom of thoughts and finally the meaning of it all.

However, dont know to which degree i found myself highly entertained as did Feynman enjoy himself with the business of contemplating. If i have to choose amongs many justifications he gave, the one about the overlap between science and religion is decidedly prevailing (concise without
Ahmed Al sanhani
This book is about the relationship between science and society Richard Feynman wanted to explain. It is actually three lectures Richard Feynman gave at the University of Washington which these three lectures were converted to written work.

The first lecture or the first part of the book is “The Uncertainty of Science” in which Feynman explained the nature of science or how science works. Feynman did explain the importance of uncertainty and doubt in science because such an uncertainty and doubt
Feb 12, 2014 Retrovold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are plenty books "bring science closer to random people" I would call them. Thing is, how good is author at actually explaining laws of physics to us - people less educated in science.

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,
A nice light read, based on Feynman's 3 lectures in 1963. Feynman talked about science and the scientific method and its relation to society (incl. topics like politics, religion). As expected from Feynman, it shows his clear thinking and his ability to explain things in a very easy to understand way. However, a lecture is supposed to be listened to, not read, so at times it feels like the words lost their touch.
Now this is Feynman, so a book of his cannot be really bad. And I marked a few dozens passages in this one, scrambled notes and exclamation marks on margin, will definitely cite sentences (and I wish that I had encountered that last Galileo passage earlier, it would have been the ideal intro for my PhD thesis).

Yet ...

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
Nov 23, 2014 Eduardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Feynman attacking problems as diverse as the reformation of the English language.

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.
Michael Johnson
It's the first book I read by Feynman, hopefully not the last. His points of view were fun and interesting. Would you expect to hear heartfelt commentary on religious beliefs, public policy and politics from Feynman? It's not what I had expected from the great scientist, but he offers that and more.

I think it would have been better received by seeing the lectures live. This book was from a lecture series given in the 1960s at University of Washington. Many segments I had to read over and over a
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Richard Phillips Feynman was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Pr ...more
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“It is surprising that people do not believe that there is imagination in science. It is a very interesting kind of imagination, unlike that of the artist. The great difficulty is in trying to imagine something that you have never seen, that is consistent in every detail with what has already been seen, and that is different from what has been thought of; furthermore, it must be definite and not a vague proposition. That is indeed difficult.” 35 likes
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