Well... this is a hard book to evaluate because I'm also a geek who likes to embark upon 'adventures'. I'm also known to be a quick study on many subjWell... this is a hard book to evaluate because I'm also a geek who likes to embark upon 'adventures'. I'm also known to be a quick study on many subjects and thus I do a pretty good job of getting deep into my adventures. So as Feynman told his stories I thought of those that paralleled my own (my day job, however, has not included developing an atom bomb or winning a Nobel Prize).
I guess where my life separates from Feynman (not counting the order of magnitude in IQ), probably comes from his age. He was a bit of a 'beatnik'... playing bongos, etc. Mathematicians often make good musicians and I play guitar as well. I play classical guitar and I never took it up to 'be cool' or because it was part of the zeitgeist, but because I really wanted to do it. That was all.
Another great difference was his attitude; or apparent attitude; toward women. The women in my life are strong independent professionals. While I enjoy sexual conquest and adventure as much as the next scientist, Feynman transcended his assigned introversion (I mean aren't all scientists supposed to be introverts?) to seek out and adventure with them.
In this memoir his goal is always and pretty much only sex. Sex only compromises a small part of the time I spend with women and I was perhaps a little surprised not to read of a single woman that he dealt with professionally. He often said "He was a smart man", but never concluded from his adventures that "She was a smart woman."
Perhaps it was the times, but I'm glad I live in my time, where I can enjoy the company of a woman and experience a range of pleasures, be they intellectual, gastronomical, historical, metaphysical, and not limited to just sexual (though I confess the latter is often a favourite). In any case, it appeared that Feynman took no interest in half the Earth's population for any reason other than sex.
So why did I like this book at all? Well it celebrates inquisitiveness. Most of the good things in life are good because someone took the time to figure something out to make them good. I like very much that Feynman got inquisitive in other fields. So often people would tell me (and still tell me) you can't study that, you are an expert in this.
I wonder how many avenues of inquiry have been squashed with such prejudice. I'm a firm believer that many, if not all avenues of inquiry can use fresh eyes and new questions. If nothing else, the persons in those fields would be forced to explain them to those without. It's said that one doesn't understand a topic unless it can be explained to a child.
In any case, Feynman follows his passions, encourages others to do so and puts on a grand show in the offing. I'm all ready to look into a few hobbies I've put off myself. Thanks for reading.
Most people who know me personally know that I've been having a relationship with the predecessors to the Norse gods, their Anglo versions of days gonMost people who know me personally know that I've been having a relationship with the predecessors to the Norse gods, their Anglo versions of days gone by now denoted by the days of the week; Woden, Tiw, Thor, and Frigg. Gaiman's mythology made these gods considerably more relatable (if that's even a word) than the traditional stories bringing the interactions, emotions and ultimately the lessons these gods teach us into plain understandable language.
He made it look so simple to write that I suppose I myself want to write more... and pick up where he left off... perhaps even rewrite what he's written and tell these stories in my own way. I prefer this storytelling brand of religion even to my own brand of religion (atheism) which has no way to simply lay out morals. Of course we have our various fables, but mythology gives us those strong characters that we can go back to time and again to lay out wisdom and moral advice in a way that even a child can understand....more