Saturday, 18 August 2007

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard Feynman… by Richard P. Feynman

I recently caught sight of the man himself being interviewed on an old Horizon programme on the bbc horizon web site. He talks a bit like Ray Barone - not surprising really being from NY I suppose, but it made this book feel much more personal than the first time I read it a few years ago.

Because I could picture? / hear? his accent and inflection it seemed to flow much better and was even funnier than the first time. He has a very idiosyncratic way of speaking that doesn't always come across well when translated to the written word and knowing how he spoke helped me to get past that much easier.

The topics range form silly stories of safe cracking to the the best way to teach kids to making the first atom bomb. He was certainly what you would call a character with his love of his subject and total disregard for authority and silly rules.

This book is therefore well worth a try - only a couple of pages of semi math type content which can easily be skipped without detracting form the enjoyment.

I don't give out many 4* ratings - this book deserves it.

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