In these remarkable, never before published lectures, brilliant scientist Richard Feynman, reflective, amusing, and ever enlightening, reveals his thinking on life, religion, politics, science--and everything in between. "Feynman (is) one of the century's premier intellectual optometrists: After only a few minutes, he adjusts your mental vision so ...
In these remarkable, never before published lectures, brilliant scientist Richard Feynman, reflective, amusing, and ever enlightening, reveals his thinking on life, religion, politics, science--and everything in between. "Feynman (is) one of the century's premier intellectual optometrists: After only a few minutes, he adjusts your mental vision so that previously fuzzy concepts stand out in stunning clarity".--"Washington Post Book World".
His wit, his character, his personality and even his resolution to cling onto no idea or conclusion about the physical...I loved it all!
Sep 30, 2009
Very much liked this book.
Feynman has his own unique style to writing and if you can get into his mode you will enjoy this book. He tackles the subject of science, as well as touches on other topics, with practical ideas and entertaining thoughts. He has a sense of realism and honesty to him that only accentuates his ability to bring his ideas to the reader. Not dry if you get his humor and are able to open up your mind to his way of presenting the information to you. This is definitely a more relaxed way of learning science. Highly recommend.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-04-06 It requires an unusually strong intellect to remain relevant on a wide variety of social, religious and political issues after 35 years. Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, had just such an intellect. Originally delivered as a three-part lecture series at the University of Washington in 1963, this collection touches on such far-ranging topics as the existence or nonexistence of God; the Constitution; and UFOs. At times, Feynman's comments seem uncannily prescient, as when he discusses the dumbing-down of media: "The whole idea that the average person is unintelligent is a very dangerous idea. Even if it's true, it shouldn't be dealt with the way it's dealt with," he says here. As readers of his previous works (Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, etc.) know, Feynman, who died in 1988, was never one to shy away from strong opinions: "Incidentally, I must explain that because I am a scientist does not mean that I have not had contact with human beings," he explains. These memorable lectures confirm that Feynman's gift of insight extended from the subatomic world to the cosmic, and to the very human as well. BOMC featured selection. (May)
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