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on 23 May 2011
This wonderful collection of interviews, extracts, articles, and speeches gives a fascinating insight into the way that Richard Feynman viewed the world. His exuberance and curiosity shine from every page and it is difficult not to be swept along in the wake of his enthusiasm.

However, Feynman's "casual manner towards proper grammar" (p.xv) in both spoken and written forms often result in awkward sentence structures and colloquialisms that, at times, defy understanding. Moreover, these selected pieces also reveal a spontaneous thinker whose ideas often seem to tumble out faster than he was able to (fully) articulate them. Whilst this spontaneity made Feynman an engaging and gifted scientist, it also gives the impression that he was frequently addressing his next thought before completing his previous: the effect is that his arguments can feel unfinished and, on philosophical and religious issues, strangely naive.

Nonetheless, Feynman was not only a spontaneous thinker but also an original one. His musings on the future of computing and nanotechnology (pp.27-52) were significantly ahead of their time and still appear prescient more than two-decades later. Furthermore, despite his protestations that seeking knowledge is (or should be) an end unto itself, he was also enormously practical and his minority report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (pp.151-169) is an exemplar of forensic investigation that should serve as a template for achieving bureaucratic clarity! Notwithstanding these noteworthy contributions, the real jewel-in-the-crown is the (edited) transcript from Feynman's 1981 Horizon interview: it is undoubtedly worthy of the cover price in its own right.

In summary, those familiar with the idiosyncrasies of Feynman's delivery will love this collection and most likely "hear" every word in his distinctive drawl; however, for the uninitiated, it is perhaps not the best introduction to this remarkable man.
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on 28 December 2014
Super Feynman stuff : sadly much of it is already published in " Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman ", and " What Do You Care What Other People Think ?" Still : I'm glad I bought it, if only for the intro by Freeman Dyson and the report on the Challenger Space Disaster. The latter could be re-titled " NASA'S DIRTY LAUNDRY WASHED IN PUBLIC ! " or " NASA'S NASTY SECRETS SPILLED ! " He clearly warned another accident could happen, and then it did . COLUMBIA was caused by, as described on www.space.com . sic. " An investigation board determined that a large piece of foam fell from the shuttle's external tank and fatally breached the spacecraft wing. This problem with foam had been known for years, and NASA came under intense scrutiny in Congress and in the media for allowing the situation to continue.
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on 14 June 2013
R.P. Feynman, genius, physicist and Nobel laureate, is a must read for everyone interested in physics, but beyond that, even if a self-proclaimed hater of "arm-chair philosophy", he has to be considered one of the great thinkers of 20th century, and a great communicator and teacher as well. This book is a collection of short essays, everyone worth of every minute it will take to read it.
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on 6 January 2015
I love listening to Richard Feynman but this book baffled me after 3/4 chapters. He goes into some theoretical stuff I could not follow and that was also not very interesting from s physics point of view. A great man and maybe a great book but I struggled.
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on 3 June 2016
Excellent book. Gave it to a an ex girlfriend who then told me she wanted to split up. Saved me the trouble. Excellent book.
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on 3 January 2018
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on 11 May 2017
Feyman is always a joy to read. A new book to me.
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on 18 February 2016
Great book. You can hear Feynman's voice in your head as you read, which is a pleasure in itself.
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on 3 October 2016
what a book
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on 9 April 2016
A fascinating book by one of the world's best physicists, who believed nothing unless he could prove it for himself.
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