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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
*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 ...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
This book, while entertaining and an easy read, doesn't leave ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...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.
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 ...more