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5.0 von 5 Sternen Our Pleasure Indeed
Those who have read Gleick's biography of Richard P. Feynman (Genius) have probably also read this collection of Feynman's "best short works." This is indeed an odd collection. Feynman is most accessible in the interviews and speeches; least accessible in his "Minority Report to the Space Shuttle Challenger Inquiry." Gleick's biography reveals a man...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Rutherford, Retherford, what's the difference?
Most of these articles are in print already. I have only lightly skimmed a few of them. I hadn't previously seen the Omni interview, which described how the discovery of the Lamb effect in 1947 spurred Feynman to finish his formulation of QED. The interview has Feynman saying that the measurements were done by Lamb and Rutherford, and the biographical footnote on...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Our Pleasure Indeed, 4. Januar 2000
Those who have read Gleick's biography of Richard P. Feynman (Genius) have probably also read this collection of Feynman's "best short works." This is indeed an odd collection. Feynman is most accessible in the interviews and speeches; least accessible in his "Minority Report to the Space Shuttle Challenger Inquiry." Gleick's biography reveals a man who exemplifies what Whitman had in mind when he observed "Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes." Feynman was indeed large; he contained multitudes. To read this book is to share the pleasure of his company as he formally and informally shares his thoughts and feelings about himself, his life, his career, and just about everything else which attracted his attention. Chapter 1 ("The Pleasure of Finding Things Out") and Chapter 8 ("What Is Science?") are my personal favorites. The aforementioned "Minority Report" (Chapter 7) was, for me, tough going. As I worked my way through this collection, I began to think that I was in the company of someone who has Albert Einstein's intellect and Danny Kaye's personality. Feyman must have been a flamboyant (albeit demanding) classroom teacher. There can be no doubt about his intelligence. Nor his passion and compassion. Nor his playfulness. How much I regret never having known him personally. Therefore, how much I appreciate this collection which I continue to re-read with joy.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Rutherford, Retherford, what's the difference?, 23. November 1999
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Most of these articles are in print already. I have only lightly skimmed a few of them. I hadn't previously seen the Omni interview, which described how the discovery of the Lamb effect in 1947 spurred Feynman to finish his formulation of QED. The interview has Feynman saying that the measurements were done by Lamb and Rutherford, and the biographical footnote on the page correctly dates Rutherford's death in 1937. (Rutherford discovered the atomic nucleus in 1911 when he noticed alpha particles scattering backwards from atoms instead of going through as everyone would have assumed.) For some reason, the editor didn't catch the inconsistency (the co-discoverer was actually Retherford, not Rutherford). There are other indications of editorial sloppiness, such as the editor's statement in the preface that light is slowed down in glass or water by a fraction of a percent (compared to the speed in vacuum). It's more like 30 percent, as anyone who has taken high school physics may remember. I think Feynman deserves better -- the editor should have run this book by a physicist before publishing it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Slightly Disapppointed, 22. November 1999
I was only slightly disappointed in reading this book because the subject is such a famous physicist that some of the pieces seemed lacking in a coherent comprehensiveness and detail. They were more anecdotal and disjointed, all in all, not a whole story, as I might have liked. This does not detract from the book at face value, which reads great and, at that level, is a wonderful book. Other books attempting similar things, however, are much more detailed and read with full plots-- Sobel's Galileo's Daughter and the Zoland book Nabokov's Blues. But perhaps what the editor preferred here was something more general and disjointed since the subject is a celebrity anyway. I did not find this a problem once I realized what the book seemed to be attempting; I think I got spoiled by reading other scientific "biographies" with a real plot. Yet, for anecdotal charm, wit, and poignancy relative to some of the problems of our times-- like Challenger and all it symbolized for America-- this book still hits hard.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best overview of Feynman's thinking, 25. Januar 2000
I recommend this book to people who have never read Feynman before, and to those people who only know Feynman's funny stories.
This book is a good overview of Feynman's thinking and not merely a collection of his humorous anecdotes. If you have read many of his other works and you are expecting a great amount of new material, then this book will probably be a disappointment. However, if you are only marginally familiar with Feynman or not familiar at all with him, I highly recommend it.
I believe some of the less than stellar reviews found here were written by Feynman fans who thought this book contained lots of new material. They are correct claiming there is not a lot of new material here for the well-read Feynman fan. However, for the unfamiliar who doesn't want to read everything he wrote, I believe this is the book to get.
If you are interested more in his humorous storytelling, as opposed to his ideas, then I recommend 'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman' instead of this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Nice Science Book, 16. Oktober 1999
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Richard Feynman was a great physicist and a wonderful teacher. In another nice book THE BIBLE ACCORDING TO EINSTEIN, he is quoted as saying "The fact that I understand this rose -- the light reflected off its surface, how it is composed of cells, why it is red, the evolutionary origin of the bees' attraction to it, and so on -- these things do not in any way diminish my appreciation of its beauty. In fact, they enhance my ability to enjoy the rose." This says it all.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book if you haven't read much Feynman, 14. Oktober 1999
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All but one of the 'shorts' in this book have previously been published - if you have extensively read Feynman (or even moderately) you'll learn/read nothing new about him.
If you are a new Feynman discoverer however it is a superb book and may well lead you on to wanting to get hold of his other works.
For me though, I was looking for new stuff and was a little disappointed although I did read the whole book and am pleased to have it in my collection.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Feynman is still great, 5. Oktober 1999
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This is the latest book from Dr. Feynman describing his thoughts on science, society, and pseudoscience. As always, Feynman is eloquent, insightful, and completely clear in his thoughts. The book is composed of articles from various sources and gives his opinion on a variety of topics. My favorite: "The Value of Science." In short - A must-have addition to any library, scientific or not!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen For what reason was that title chosen?, 10. Mai 2014
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Maybe I started off reading this book with wrong expectations, but once digging myself deeper into it, I started wondering where the whole story would come to the point: "The pleasure of finding things out". I am afraid, I didn't get it. All I found was a collection of Feynman talks with a front and a back cover attached to either end.
But still, if the title is meant in that sense that the reader is supposed to find out the title by himself because the author couldn't find an appropriate one himself, it leaves me a little disappointed.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen More Feynman, 13. Januar 2000
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This book is a mixed salad which does not come up to the information and entertainment values of previous books published on Feynman. They seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel and in the next one I expect a copy of his Bar Mitzva speech, if he gave one.
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