The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Author: Jeffrey Robbins (Editor), Richard P. Feynman, Freeman Dyson (foreword),

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This book contains snippets of Richard Feynman’s life over many decades. He seems to have lived an extraordinary life and just the different stories themselves are worth reading this book for. From his lockpicking hobby to the coded messages from Los Alamos to his thoughts on the future of technology, this book is an engaging read. But the format of the book is such (conversation between people or speech on a stage) that an audiobook might be a better medium for it. One of the most remarkable things for me was Feynman’s insight into scientific integrity. Which looks more and more relevant in a “Publish or Perish” culture. As Feynman says in the book, “…, so I have just one wish for you – the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity.

Goodreads link to the book.

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