The Meaning of it All

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Penguin, 1998 - Religion and science - 133 pages
27 Reviews
At the peak of his career, maverick genius Richard Feynman gave three public lectures addressing the questions that most inspired and troubled him. What is science and what is true value? Can scientific views be reconciled with religious beliefs? What is the value of doubt? Left undisturbed among his papers for decades, the texts of these passionate and entertaining lectures only recently came to light. 'Entertaining and thought-provoking, all in the great man's inimitable voice... From politics to religion to UFOs, Feynman argues that all areas could benefit from a healthy-dose of the scepticism that is so central to the process of doing science.' Marcus Chown, New Scientist

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Review: The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist

User Review  - Bill White - Goodreads

I just read this interesting little book I found in my closet this morning. I saved this book from the decommissioning of the Todd Holden library in Murfreesboro. :) Shows a side of Feynman in 1963 ... Read full review

Review: The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist

User Review  - Lincoln - Goodreads

I liked it a lot. What an interesting guy. Clearly smart, but so folksy. I like the way he presents scientific ideas in a way that a regular Joe like me can appreciate. I keep thinking about one point ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

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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