The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard Feynman

4.25 avg rating
( 7,451 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780140290349: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard Feynman

This collection of the best short works of rule-breaking genius Richard Feynman shows his passion for knowledge and sense of fun at their most infectious. The revealing and inspiring pieces here span a lifetime of enthusiasm for discovering what makes the world tick - including uproarious tales of early student experiments; safecracking and outwitting US censors during the Second World War; his first lecture as a graduate student (to an audience including Albert Einstein); and the memories of the father who delighted in showing him the world and sparked his insatiable curiosity.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

The iconoclastic American physicist Richard Feynman won a Nobel Prize for solving a sub-atomic puzzle using home-brewed methods once dismissed as ludicrous. But Feynman arguably did science an even bigger service through his iconoclastic persona, which gave the lie to the view that all scientists are gauche, boring and obsessive. As first revealed in his brilliantly entertaining autobiography Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman!, Feynman was a wise-cracking genius with a penchant for topless bars, bongo-drums and winding people up. And he was obsessive--not about one narrow question, but about the whole puzzle of how Nature works, from the spin of an electron to the spin of wobbling dinner-plates. Since his untimely death from cancer in 1988, many books based on articles by or about Feynman have appeared. So what does The Pleasure of Finding Things Out add ? It's touted as a "greatest hits" volume--and it's a fair description. This well-chosen collection allows newcomers to see what all the fuss surrounding Feynman is about, from his work on quantum theory to his safe-cracking exploits during the Manhattan Project. But newcomers and long-standing Feynman fans alike will enjoy the newly-reprinted material, especially a 1979 magazine interview which includes fascinating insights into how a brilliant mind tackles Nature's mysteries. For once, a science book that lives up to its name, giving much pleasure from finding out more about this genuine scientific hero. -- Robert Matthews

About the Author:

One of the world's greatest theoretical physicists and a Nobel laureate, Richard Feynman was also a man who fell, often jumped, into adventure. An artist, safe-cracker, practical joker and storyteller, his life was a series of combustible combinations made possible by his unique mixture of high intelligence, unquenchable curiosity and eternal scepticism.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Feynman, Richard P.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2001)
ISBN 10: 0140290346 ISBN 13: 9780140290349
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140290346

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
51.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Feynman, Richard P.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140290346 ISBN 13: 9780140290349
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140290346 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0061171

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
50.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Feynman, Richard P.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2001)
ISBN 10: 0140290346 ISBN 13: 9780140290349
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140290346

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
52.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.44
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Feynman, Richard P.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2001)
ISBN 10: 0140290346 ISBN 13: 9780140290349
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140290346

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
54.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.25
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Feynman, Richard P.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2001)
ISBN 10: 0140290346 ISBN 13: 9780140290349
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0140290346

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
57.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Feynman, Richard P.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2001)
ISBN 10: 0140290346 ISBN 13: 9780140290349
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140290346

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
65.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Feynman, Richard P.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140290346 ISBN 13: 9780140290349
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140290346 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0140290346

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.25
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Feynman, Richard P.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2001)
ISBN 10: 0140290346 ISBN 13: 9780140290349
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Booked Again
(Summit, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-007-64-1742101

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
73.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8.16
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds