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The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist

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Based on a three-part public lecture, The Meaning of It All illustrates the reflective, amusing, and ever enlightening wisdom of Richard Feyman. Rangingfreely from religion to politics to science, he expounds on their inherent conflicts, and explains-among much else-why people believe in flying saucers and distrust politicians, and why admitting ignorance is the best hope for us all.

Review:

"From the great physicist's archives, three delightful lectures on science, society, and our precious freedom of ignorance." New York Times

Synopsis:

This wonderful book, based on a previously unpublished three-part public lecture, shows us another side of Richard P. Feynman, as he expounds on the world around us.

Synopsis:

Many appreciate Richard P. Feynmans 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 Now, a wonderful book—based on a previously unpublished, three-part public lecture he gave at the University of Washington in 1963—shows us this other side of Feynman, as he expounds on the inherent conflict between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, peoples 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 cant 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.

About the Author

Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465023943
Author:
Feynman, Richard P
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Author:
Feynman, Richard P.
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Helix Books
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 6 oz

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This wonderful book, based on a previously unpublished three-part public lecture, shows us another side of Richard P. Feynman, as he expounds on the world around us.
"Synopsis" by ,
Many appreciate Richard P. Feynmans 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, peoples 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 cant 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.
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