The Meaning of It All

The Meaning of It All

Thoughts of A Citizen Scientist

Book - 1998
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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 Now, a wonderful book--based on a previously unpublished, three-part public lecture he gave at the University of Washington in 1963--shows us this other side of Feynman, as he expounds on the inherent conflict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.
Publisher: Reading, Ma. : Addison-Wesley, 1998
ISBN: 9780201360806
Branch Call Number: Q175.5 .F52 1998
500 F435m
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Feb 07, 2018

The first section on what science is about is the best part of the book. I wish he had spent more time on the fallacies of common sense arguments about science. Opinions about communism are dated, and personal.

Feb 15, 2017

Though dated and opinionated, still a good primer.


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