Review: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, Richard Feynman

Biographies, Literature

Rating: 3 out of 5

I’m in two minds about this one. Firstly, it’s an excellent work as Feynman’s achievements and works are both highly readable as well as entertaining. At the same time, if you, like myself, have read the other works that exist, this one adds very little new and even less which hasn’t aged very much.

For example, while I had nothing against going through ‘Los Alamos from Below’ once again, I already knew where I could find this story in other books. Neither did I need the Challenger report again for this also exists in one of the other collections of Fenyman’s works.

At the same time, some of the ‘new’ included content was relatively old. It was of slight interest to see whether the predictions of sixty to seventy years ago have been fulfilled, but there were very few new ideas. As such, I will continue to keep on recommending Feynman but at the same time recommend ignoring this volume.

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