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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman

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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman—from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science-a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance spe ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published April 6th 2005 by Basic Books (first published 1999)
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Alice Some stories are different, but they also have a lot of common stories. I would recommend reading them a few years apart (when you forget what was in…moreSome stories are different, but they also have a lot of common stories. I would recommend reading them a few years apart (when you forget what was in the first book) :D(less)

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Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.”
― Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out


"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool."
― Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

It is hard to not love Feynman. You can love his as a scientist, as a man, as a genius, as a teacher, as an iconoclast. He is the real deal. 'The Pleasure of Finding Things Out' is a series of 13 speeches, articles, essays, interviews by or wi
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
Here's the problem with having high expectations: they're so often dashed.

In my years trawling the web and being a science nerd, I've heard a lot about Richard Feynman. There are legends about him, that he was the Puck of physics - brilliant, untamed, and really, really funny. When I got the book, I was expecting to read a lightning-quick volley of ideas that would set my mind alight with the wonder and infinite possibilities continued within a lifetime's pursuit of science.

Yeah, that didn't qui
Andrew Martin
Whatever your opinion of Feynman, you need to reconcile the fact that he's got unbearably retrograde opinions:

"When I was at Cornell, I was rather fascinated by the student body, which seems to me was a dilute mixture of some sensible people in a big mass of dumb people studying home economics, etc, including lots of girls. I used to sit in the cafeteria with the students and eat and try to overhear their conversations and see if there was one intelligent word coming out. You can imagine my surp
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this man. He is brilliant, seems humble, and funny as hell. This is an excellent collection of some of his ideas and stories, mostly about his life experiences and how he became who he was. Even if you do not have a good understanding of physics or even math you will still enjoy this book. It is not a tractate or a manual but rather a collections of anecdotal stories and interviews that allow anyone to take a peek into the mind of this true badass.
Albaraa Najjar
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, usa, noble, r, science
ممتع حقاً! مرت فترة طويلة عن آخر مرة استمتعت بكتاب ما لأقرأه في يوم واحد، التهمته دفعة واحدة كأنه نوع من أنواع الحلويات ولكن الجميل أن هذا النوع من الحلوى هو الوحيد الذي تستطيع التهامه بالكامل وسيعتبر فعلك فعل حسن.

تعقيب مهم: فاينمان عالِم عظيم ولا يختلف على ذلك أحد ولكنه عالِم فقط! معرفته في العلوم الاجتماعية ضعيفة ويظهر هذا الأمر بجلاء في الكتاب فهو يقوم بإسداء النصائح في جميع المجالات رغم عدم تخصصه وبعض هذه الآراء محرجة وخاطئة في اعتقادي بسبب عدم معرفته الكافية بهذه العلوم.
Tamara Minawi
اخترت قراءة هذا الكتاب لمحاولة الدخول لعقل أحد العلماء الذين شاركوا في صنع القنبلة النووية
كيف يفكر؟ .. كيف يحلل؟ .. وكيف ينظر للأشياء والأمور ؟

قد تكون هناك صعوبه في قراءة نص مكتوب عن حوارات ومقابلات شفهية ، وعلمية بحتة في بعضها الآخر
. لكن بين السطور هناك خلاصات وخبرات قد تفيد من يعمل في أي مجال علمي أو حتى تعليمي

هو عبارة عن مقالات ومحاضرات للفيزيائي فينمان وهي موجهة للعموم وليس فقط لزملائه العلميين، فيها نرى فينمان كما كان، يلعب دائما بأفكاره، ولكنه جاد تماما حول الأشياء التي تهمه. يحتوي الكت
Jim Fonseca
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Feynman is brilliant, arrogant and emotionally cold. He was the youngest brilliant mind working on the atomic bomb in Los Alamos in the 1940's and later won the Nobel Prize in physics. This book is an unintegrated collection of essays, transcripts of speeches, interviews and memoirs. As such it gets repetitive. We hear three or four times about how his father taught him to observe and we hear three or four times the identical story about the Cargo Cults in New Guinea after WW II. His father, who ...more
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A collection of truly fun essays about all sorts of things. It's almost a kind of pick-me-up for the scientifically minded.

Some of the best essays are the ones concerning nanotechnology, "What is Science?", and the discussion on religion - particularly interesting given the resurgence of non-belief in recent years.

Not much new if you're already a devotee of Feynman, but I'd be happy to give my copy to someone new to him.
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
المتعة التي نحتاجها دومًا... إنها متعة العلم واكتشاف الأشياء
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Feynman fans
For those who might not know, Richard Feynman was a Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist, canny self-promoter and renowned teacher who worked on the Manhatten Project before he had even finished his Doctoral Thesis. Many books by and about him have been published and he has become a kind of miniature industry since his death; almost anybody who attended one of his lectures and scribbled some notes has tried to get them published, there are biographies and a volume of letters, CDs of impromt ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it

While significantly more technical than Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! I still really appreciated the writing and his insights into the physical universe. I feel like more teenagers should read Feynman - he believes so strongly in LIVING and THINKING and WORKING while still enjoying oneself that he could do so much good for that age bracket.

Also, as an aside - can you even imagine the conversations between this guy and Neil Degrasse Tyson? CAN YOU.
Peter Mcloughlin
Richard Feynman is a founder of Quantum Field theory and among the greatest physicists of the 20th century. He is also an interesting and irreverent personality. Reading him is refreshing and his mercurial skepticism is and down to earth style make him fun to read. He covers personal anecdotes like safecracking at Los Alamos, to his report on the space shuttle and some interesting science talks two of which for saw miniturization as the path forward for computers and see a future in what is call ...more
Melissa McShane
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Richard Feynman is one of my heroes, and this short, very accessible book compiles some of his most engaging writings, as well as a couple of interviews and the report he wrote on the space shuttle Challenger disaster. It's not as biographical as Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character or as technical as Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher, and I think this would be a good place to start for anyone interested in learning about this f ...more
Dennis Littrell
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics
Feynman, Richard P. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman (1999)
Brilliance and charm: Feynman as a teacher

I very much enjoyed this entertaining and delightful collection of lectures, talks and essays by the world-renown and sorely missed Professor Feynman, Nobel Prize winning physicist, idiosyncratic genius and one of the great men of the twentieth century.

I particularly enjoyed the subtle yet unmistakable way he scolded the people at NASA for putting the
Neeraj Adhikari
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
it is such a pleasure to read Feynman's speeches. There is a marked difference in the way people talk about something when they enjoy doing the thing and are good at it than when they don't enjoy it very much. That is very noticeable in this book. Feynman has a way of making his sense of wonder and the hunger of understanding things very contagious. The biggest takeaway that a person not involved in the sciences can get from this book is a solid understanding of what is and what is not science.

Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fizik, Feynman okuru, Popüler bilim okuru, farkındalık kazanmış okur, genel okur
"İsveç Akademisinden birilerinin bu çalışmayı ödül alacak değerde olduğuna karar vermesinin bir önemi yok benim için; çoktan ödülü kazanmıştım. Asıl ödül keşfetme hazzıdır, keşfetme darbesidir, diğer insanların çalışmanı kullanmasını görmendir; bunlar gerçek şeyler, ün bence gerçek değil. Ünlü olmaya inanmıyorum, bu beni sıkar, onur, ün sıkar, ün apoletlerdir, ün üniformadır." (s.26)

Kitaptan aldığım bu paragraf dahi Feynman'ın nasıl bir insan olduğunu kısaca özetlemektedir. 24 yaşında Einstein'a
Mustafa Khalid
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe how excellent this Book is, he is truly a great story teller and has a quite unique way of thinking , and also a brilliant man. He looks a lot like client eastwood is this book . Don't be fooled by the low quality, worth a readed .
Ivan Hrvoić
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everyone in search for a truth has its own road, but all roads in never-ending search for the truth eventually lead to physics. I’ve met Feynman several years ago on mine. Among all other physicist Feynman was the one most distinctively standing out as he was the one who could do the best job of familiarizing the layman with the ways of nature and things hard to grasp intuitively. I also like Sagan, but I found him more like inspirational guy, Feynman was one with magnificent explanations. A lot ...more
Chaunceton Bird
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quality reading from a master of physics with a sense of humor.
Nico Scagliarini
I have always been wary of scientists and scientific literature, because being apparently the "artsy" type I have been struggling with hard sciences my whole life: I always found them fascinating and scary at the same time and I only managed to make peace with Mathematics a few years ago. Never with Physics or Chemistry, and I always thought people who do them for a living were some kind of aliens. And they are (and so one more fond of science might say about artists), but after reading this boo ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
This was my first glimpse into the life and mind of Richard Feynman, and boy was it a ride! I had some expectations based on some of the stories I heard and his general fame, but the actual Feynman turned to be much deeper and interesting than just those glimpses in popular myths.

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is going to give you just that. Through the speeches and essays in this book you will see the workings of an extraordinary mind and learn much about the process of science and its plac
Baal Of
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading Feynman is a delight. His straight-forward, conversational tone, and his ability to simply explain complex concepts is amazing. His flaws make him seem human, and his humility makes him endearing. It is apparent in this book, and others I've read, that he genuinely wants to communicate not just pontificate. We need more people like him.
Cassandra Carico
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this man. How could I not, especially after reading his own words. I feel even more admiration and respect for such a brilliant, yet humble individual. I enjoyed getting a look into the inner workings of his mind.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đúng chuyên ngành của mình mà có nhiều chỗ còn phải đọc đi đọc lại.
Chắc mấy năm nữa đọc lại cũng vẫn còn lúng túng.

- Thế giới như tôi thấy
- Bài giảng cuối cùng.
- Niềm vui khám phá.
Scott Pierce
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read.
Mohamed al-Jamri
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Introduction by Freedman Dyson

Shakespeare and Johnson. Descripes his relationship with Feynman and his scientific achievements. He saw himself as Johnson and Feynman as Shakespeare.

Feynman personality.

Editors introduction.

A new type of matter (bose- quantum state) which slows light really a lot.

Feynman's love of science. Science is fun and valuable.

A collection of short works by Feynman (talks, interviews and articles).

Chapter 1: interview with BBC Horizon program

Beauty of a flower from a scient
Bishnu Bhatta Buttowski
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

All I'd like to say and what I feel after going through life time and again is "I don't know what to do with all these joys, with all the knowledge and the enthusiasm that feels me up when I address the true beauty o
Ramu Vairavan
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fine collection of Feynman's lectures, interviews and writing that introduces us to the man, scientist and Nobel laureate. Through his stories, Feynman paints an enigmatic character out of his father that rivals his own. And so we really get to meet two interesting people.

A few things I gathered from this collection: Feynman is all about ideas. He plays with them like a child plays with toys. His imagination is vast, he dreamed up advancements in nanotechnology decades before they were
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-again
"The prize is the pleasure of finding the thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it [my work]–those are the real things, the honors are unreal to me"

This book was very enjoyable , to the point that at times I forgot that this very man -Feynman- was one of the people responsible for the destruction caused by the Atomic Bomb.
If we leave that fact aside , the book was fascinating. I did not know a lot about Feynman before reading it ,but I enjoyed it nonetheless
Steve Granger
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know someone is truly remarkable when you can't help but nod in agreement when they call your general field of study a cargo cult science. Indeed, his thoughts on social science are still debated today, particularly about the balance of applying the scientific method with art of explaining human behaviour, as well as the problem of disincetivized replication. In any case, this collection of short works is a great introduction to the thoughts of the brilliant Richard Feynman, from his childho ...more
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“We absolutely must leave room for doubt or there is no progress and there is no learning. There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt. People search for certainty. But there is no certainty. People are terrified — how can you live and not know? It is not odd at all. You only think you know, as a matter of fact. And most of your actions are based on incomplete knowledge and you really don't know what it is all about, or what the purpose of the world is, or know a great deal of other things. It is possible to live and not know.” 29 likes
“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” 25 likes
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