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Praise for The Pleasure of Finding Things Out:"[A] sparkling collection."--Wall Street Journal"This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time. The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the worl ...more
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Published October 16th 2002 by Basic Books (first published 1999)
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Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jim Fonseca
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Oleg Kagan
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: idea-books
I'd peeked into Richard Feynman's other books so I when I slipped The Pleasure of Finding Things Out into my CD player I expected much of the same. What I got was a Feynman's humor and genius tempered by some strange editorial choices. Why, even though the editor mentioned that he would remove repetition, was there still plenty of it? I'm not just referring here to anecdotes, but also ideas like Feynman's definition of science. Why did the interviews seem like they were edited to hit exactly the ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Dennis Littrell
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 .
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
Ray Norris
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learnt my physics at the feet of Feynman. Metaphorically speaking. As a student of theoretical physics at Cambridge in the 1970's, I spent dreary days in stuffy lecture-halls listening to boring old farts droning on about Wronskians and Greens Functions (ugh!). But then I'd come home and open my copy of the Feynman Lectures on Physics, whose pages brimmed with inspirational tales of quantum mechanics, and quirky ways of looking at the physical world. Feynman made physics fun, and gave me my fi ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read.
Mohamed al-Jamri
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Ataa Al ayoubi
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read! This collection of pieces is telling of Feynman's unmistakable character of no nonsense, and therefore meaningful insight into concepts of science, and of science and its relationship with factions of life, including a great postulation on the meaning of life. His ideas are refreshingly logical, comically anecdotal, and are articulated in a pleasing conversational tone which articulates concepts so fluidly. I found that Feynman actually indirectly offers a great way to approach life a ...more
Tariqul Ponir
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and charming. :)
Marko Simunovic
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every page of it. Feynman is the kind of person that the more you know about the more you appreciate the mark they left on the world.
Verena Wachnitz
I love Richard Feynman but this collection of essays was not my favorite. Some are great, some are not, mixed. A bit repetitive at times.
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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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“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.” 28 likes
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