The Meaning of it All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist

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Da Capo Press, 1998 - Science - 133 pages
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Many appreciate Richard P. Feynman’s contributions to twentieth-century physics, but few realize how engaged he was with the world around him—how deeply and thoughtfully he considered the religious, political, and social issues of his day. Now, a wonderful book—based on a previously unpublished, three-part public lecture he gave at the University of Washington in 1963—shows us this other side of Feynman, as he expounds on the inherent conflict between science and religion, people’s distrust of politicians, and our universal fascination with flying saucers, faith healing, and mental telepathy. Here we see Feynman in top form: nearly bursting into a Navajo war chant, then pressing for an overhaul of the English language (if you want to know why Johnny can’t read, just look at the spelling of “friend”); and, finally, ruminating on the death of his first wife from tuberculosis. This is quintessential Feynman—reflective, amusing, and ever enlightening.

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User Review  - Steven E Farley - Goodreads

Feynman is a towering intellect and is almost always fascinating to listen to or read. His perspective on the world will always at least add nuance to my own, and for that is very valuable. This ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Michael Johnson - Goodreads

It's the first book I read by Feynman, hopefully not the last. His points of view were fun and interesting. Would you expect to hear heartfelt commentary on religious beliefs, public policy and ... Read full review


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The Uncertainty of Science
The Uncertainty of Values
This Unscientific Age
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Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.

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