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on March 18, 2014
Mostly the written ramblings of Feynman, often heard previously in his many videos/interviews that can be found on You Tube. Lots of his "books" seem to re-presentations of material found almost verbatim in other published works or from interviews/lectures.
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on November 13, 2012
While some parts of this book are very enjoyable and provide a wonderful window into both Feynman's way of thinking, and the historical context (the "Los Alamos from Below" section, for example), I found others more difficult. Still worth reading, absolutely, just don't expect the same level of interest, humor, scientific detail, or just about any other aspect to be consistent from one section to another. This makes sense, as the book is a collection of items given to - and intended for - different audiences at different times. Unfortunately, at least for me, the inconsistencies meant that I could barely put the book down while reading some sections but found myself preferring other reading material over Mr Feynman's musings while working my way through the others.
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on January 2, 2015
A lot of this book's content is taken from other books, such as the classic Surely You Must Be Joking Mr. Feynman. I was looking forward to reading something that I hadn't already read and this was a let down.
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on August 23, 2016
Feynman, a brilliant man with a way to be interesting.
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on August 2, 2000
Richard Feynman is a cultural icon, inspiring imitation, adulation and idolatry. But he was also a con-man who made a virtue of his many vices. Certainly he was an exceptional scientist, else he would not have won the Nobel Prize. But culturally he was an ignoramus, linguistically--a kid, and professionally--a superstar who shirked responsibility and played the role of maverick, even as he enjoyed all the professional percs. He persuaded everyone that he couldn't help it: he was interested only in finding out how things work and could devote himself only to that. Others could do the busywork, run the world and educate themselves. This ploy worked so well that when he spoke in his jerky 1940's plain-man language it seemed that he was bringing elevated subjects down to earth, making them simple and easy for the common man. Actually he couldn't construct a rich sentence or a weighty paragraph. The same when he spoke about history or religion--it seemed that he had unpeeled the manifold layers of cultivation and interpretation. Actually he only touched the first layer. If you imagine in this collection that it is not he, Richard Feynman, speaking, but anyone else, you will discover that most of what is said reaches the level of only a bright teenager. Even when he speaks about science, he spouts platitudes: always doubt, always test, etc. Yet, for all that, there is something to be said for a great scientist who did not advance beyond being a bright teen. In these lesser articles and addresses, Feynman appears with all his mannerisms, shortcomings and insights, an original character if ever there was one. His remarks are amusing, irritating, stimulating and sometimes even inspiring. You can't fail to marvel, but you can stop far short of idolatry.
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