The meaning of it all : thoughts of a citizen-scientist
210707s1998 nyu g 001 0 eng d
|aFeynman, Richard P.|q(Richard Phillips),|d1918-1988.
|aThe meaning of it all :|bthoughts of a citizen-scientist /|cRichard P. Feynman.
|aThoughts of a citizen-scientist
|aNew York, NY :|bBasic Books,|cc1998.
|a133 p. ;|c21 cm.
|aOriginally published: Perseus Publishing
|aUncertainty of science -- Uncertainty of values -- This unscientific age -- Index.
|aQestions of science. What is the nature of the tension between science and religious faith? Why does uncertainty play such a crucial role in the scientific imagination? Is this really a scientific age?
Many appreciate Richard P. Feynman’s contributions to twentieth-century physics, but few realize how engaged he was with the world around him—how deeply and thoughtfully he considered the religious, political, and social issues of his day. Now, a wonderful book—based on a previously unpublished, three-part public lecture he gave at the University of Washington in 1963—shows us this other side of Feynman, as he expounds on the inherent conflict between science and religion, people’s distrust of politicians, and our universal fascination with flying saucers, faith healing, and mental telepathy. Here we see Feynman in top form: nearly bursting into a Navajo war chant, then pressing for an overhaul of the English language (if you want to know why Johnny can’t read, just look at the spelling of “friend”); and, finally, ruminating on the death of his first wife from tuberculosis. This is quintessential Feynman—reflective, amusing, and ever enlightening.
Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.