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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
Tuesday, August 9, 2005

This book is a wonderful introduction to Feynman's non-technical work. It includes interviews, speeches, and reminisces from throughout his long and productive career and it shows him clearly as both jester and thinker. I found his discussions of what made science "science" particularly relevant in this time of incipient repression that would have made Galileo fear for his skin. The great benefit of science, says Feynman, is that it shows that it is possible to live life while doubting. We don't need to have the answers to everything. It's OK to keep thinking, and trying, and having new ideas. Scientific thinking, in other words, is an anodyne to fear.


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