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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard P. Feynman Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781482910575
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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science—a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will delight anyone interested in the world of ideas.

“From the irregular trivia of ordinary life mixed with a bit of scientific doodling and failure to the intense dramatic concentration as one closes in on the truth and the final elation (plus, with gradually decreasing frequency, the sudden sharp pangs of doubt)—that is how science is done.”—Richard P. Feynman to James D. Watson

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sparkling collection.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Feynman’s distinctive voice rings out in this book…Feynman is both interesting and quotable.”

    Scientific American

  • “A delightful reminder of Feynman’s prodigious gifts.”

    Nature

  • “Feynman had a fantastic sense of humor, and his memoirs of his Manhattan Project days roil with fun despite his later misgivings about nuclear weapons…The book is easygoing and engaging on a personal rather than a scientific level.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Feynman remains fun and informative. Here are yet more comments, anecdotes, and overviews from a charismatic rule breaker with his own, sometimes compelling, views about what science is and how it can be done.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This work, drawn from several sources, including speeches, interviews, and articles, has a personal feel. And Sean Runnette delivers it in a personal, conversational way… Perhaps the most illuminating and interesting part—for non-physicists, anyway—is the behind-the-scenes discussion of life at Los Alamos, New Mexico, during the WWII atomic bomb project. The account shows Feynman’s impish side and humanizes this episode in the history of the war. Some of the entries are highly technical, but Runnette carries them off without hesitating or stereotyping the speaker with a pedantic tone.”

    AudioFile

  • “It is an ironic twist of fate that Feynman the iconoclast has become a twentieth-century icon. Feynman has a large and devoted following not because of his famous hijinks, or his skill as a bongo drum performer, or even his Nobel Prize in quantum electrodynamics. Feynman became an icon because he was a man of great integrity who did physics because it was fun. This collection of thirteen short works is a pleasure to read…Intended for a general audience, these lectures and presentations cover a wide range of topics, including his early life, philosophy, religion, nanotechnology, the future of computing, Los Alamos, fun with science, science and society, and the Challenger disaster. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “The most original mind of his generation.”

    Freeman Dyson, renowned theoretical physicist and mathematician

  • “[Feynman’s] fans will enjoy his recollections of his father and of his work on the atom bomb project when he was a somewhat awestruck nobody rubbing elbows with world-famous physicists. A popular addition to Feynmania.”

    Booklist

  • “More gems from the Feynman factory. If some things are old or borrowed, it hardly matters: there are enough new or unfamiliar to charm fans…All said, of course, in the idiom of the boy from New York whose pleasure in finding things out affords the reader another sort of pleasure.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time. The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world.”

    Alan Guth, theoretical physicist and cosmologist

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, July 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 2/12/2014

    " Makes me want to learn a lot of math/conduct thought experiments/real experiments/pick locks. Some of these I can do, some I cannot. Scientific honesty. Open-mindedness. "Everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough" (203). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/10/2014

    " He has some great insight on learning from life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.P. Drury | 2/7/2014

    " Truly inspiring, a comfort to the ever ailing heart of a graduate student in science. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pato | 2/5/2014

    " Awesome good recommendation for new parents who value a child's cognitive development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/21/2014

    " A very readable collection of essays, this is a very brief but good introduction to Feynman. For such a brilliant guy it's surprisingly practical and down to earth, and I really like the attitude he had towards life. Altogether a really enjoyable read, I'll definitely read more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/19/2014

    " I feel mixed about his collection of miscellaneous essays because some parts are fascinating (building the bomb), some inspiring (learning to love the world under the tutelage of his inquisitive father), yet some parts are frustrating and infuriating (his obnoxious attitude towards women and religion). Really for such a brilliant, exuberant person he had a equally massive shadow and self-awareness was hidden from view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rustam | 1/8/2014

    " It's just a book of lectures, interviews, magazine articles with and about Feynman, but it's brilliant. The way the guy's pragmatic inquires about the world is almost awe inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Louise | 11/10/2013

    " A fantastic read, very informative and inspiring, a must read for all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Houchin | 10/4/2013

    " Feynman is fantastic. He said that if he couldn't explain something to a college freshman, then he didn't understand it. His anecdotes are enthralling, and his meditations on how unnecessary any conception of god is to the modern are worth considering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liliane | 9/8/2013

    " Honest and unapologetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 8/21/2013

    " Richard Feynman--super smart interesting man. Father of nanotech "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 7/17/2013

    " I liked his down-to-earth way of speaking, of keeping abstract concepts tangible, and his ethical dictum of living life with humility and doubt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Sin | 6/6/2013

    " See my short review in my mini-feed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Weston | 3/27/2013

    " If you are even remotely interested in science and don't know who Richard Feinman is, this is a must read. He is one of those few people who is exceptionally bright (read as genius) AND can relate his ideas in layman's terms. He is awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 3/8/2013

    " Most of this book was over my head, but I loved the places where his humanness came through. He was obviously brilliant, but very generously shows the reader his Achilles' heel, often in very humorous ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sukhuma | 1/3/2013

    " Feymann was very inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Throckmorton | 9/29/2012

    " If you read no other Feynman books (and you should), this one gives you a good taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wes Metz | 5/11/2012

    " Interviews, speeches, and lectures by Feynman; he was witty, erudite, and brilliant, and it shows in these works. The chapter entitled Cargo Cult Science should be read by anyone aspiring to a career in science, and also by anyone who wants to understand what science is really about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al West | 1/10/2012

    " See previous review "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hans Rippel | 12/6/2011

    " A collection of wonderful talks and essays of one of the smartest minds in physics, sharing is ideas and experiences from picking locks of his coworkers of the Manhattan Project to developing the theory of quantum electrodynamics (for which he won the nobel prize in physics). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Hatch | 8/12/2011

    " Pure Feynman. Pure humanity and curiosity. A great read from a great man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Thomas | 8/5/2011

    " Put Feynman aside for now. Have been reading and re-reading The Discoverers. Somewhat easier reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cavo | 7/17/2011

    " Many many good chapters with good insights. Some chapters were transcripts of speeches or tv/radio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Eldredge | 5/31/2011

    " "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 3/17/2011

    " "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gendou | 3/7/2011

    " I seem to recall reading this book, but it was a long time ago.
    Probably sometime in 2008?

    I wonder what Feynman would have to say about religion & science having had the chance to read some Dawkins? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 2/13/2011

    " I love this man. How could I not, especially after reading his own words. I feel even more admiration and respect for such a brilliant, yet humble individual. I enjoyed getting a look into the inner workings of his mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 1/17/2011

    " This book is full of thought-provoking, laudable stories from a great Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Dr. Feynman seems very down-to-earth and even comical in his pedagogical approach. It's taught me that the most important lessons in life are learned outside of the classroom (academia). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/22/2010

    " If you read no other Feynman books (and you should), this one gives you a good taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hans | 10/6/2010

    " A collection of wonderful talks and essays of one of the smartest minds in physics, sharing is ideas and experiences from picking locks of his coworkers of the Manhattan Project to developing the theory of quantum electrodynamics (for which he won the nobel prize in physics). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/3/2010

    " Feynman was a genius, and many of the essays in this volume are brilliant. I loved reading this collectiuon of speeches and essays because of how clearly they reveal his passion for science and his amazing ability to grasp the essentials of any problem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 8/31/2010

    " Richard Feynman--super smart interesting man. Father of nanotech "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 8/22/2010

    " A fantastic read, very informative and inspiring, a must read for all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benedict | 7/13/2010

    " You may think you are taking a chance with this book, but you will be amply rewarded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/19/2010

    " This was a collection of short essays, speeches, and interviews. Some of this material I’ve already read or was otherwise a retread or was presented elsewhere in a better format. But when it comes to Feynman, as with sex, even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. "

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About the Author
Author Richard P. Feynman

Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988) earned a BS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton. From 1942 to 1945, he assisted with the development of the atomic bomb. He then taught at Cornell and Caltech, where he contributed to the theories of superfluidity and quarks. He shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on the theory of quantum electrodynamics.

About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.