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

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Perseus Books, 1999 - Science - 270 pages
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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard 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 and descriptions of the fantastic properties of quantum physics to his report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will fascinate anyone interested in Feynman and anyone interested in the world of ideas. Newcomers to Feynman will be moved by his wit and deep understanding of the natural world, and of the human experience.

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

User Review  - Billy - Goodreads

Classic Feynman. This collection reminded me why undergraduates revere him nearly thirty years after his death and why some of his writings should be required reading. Read full review

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

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Better than the other Feynman book I read this year. The essays on science and religion are gems. Always interesting. Read full review


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Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist, received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1942 and worked at Los Alamos, New Mexico, on the atomic bomb during World War II. From 1945 to 1950, he taught at Cornell University and became professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1950. Feynman made important contributions to quantum electrodynamics (QED) and electromagnetic interactions, such as interactions among electrons. In Feynman's approach, interactions are considered exchanges of virtual particles. For example, Feynman explained the interaction of two electrons as an exchange of virtual photons. Feynman's theory has proved to be accurate in its predictions. In 1965 the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three pioneers in quantum electrodynamics: Feynman, Julian Schwinger, and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Feynman was an outspoken critic of NASA for its failure to notice flaws in the design of the Challenger space shuttle, which resulted in its tragic explosion.

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