The Meaning of it All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Marked by Feynman's characteristic combination of rationality and humor, these lectures provide an intimate glimpse at the man behind the legend. He says at the start of his final lecture, "I dedicate this lecture to showing what ridiculous conclusions and rare statements such a man as myself can make." Rare, perhaps, and irreverent, sure. But ridiculous? Not even close.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 50 minutes|
|Author||Richard P. Feynman|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 18, 2007|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #168,182 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#434 in Biographies of Science & Technology Leaders
#1,976 in Scientist Biographies
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Still, with skillful prospecting, there are many wonderful gems scattered in these three lectures, especially the first and to some degree the second.
Perhaps the best parts of these lectures is Feynman's no-nonsense and direct approach to key principles of scientific processes and discovery, emphasizing how much more we must learn than we already know. Perhaps his best illustration of the scientific method is that of a sieve that keeps getting smaller to filter out bad theories and wrong conclusions. He describes how scientists must always be doubters always questioning results and truly accepting the uncertainty of all research.
Included too are some of his ethical perspectives on the misuse of science or dystopian controls of government over scientific endeavors, demanding specific outcomes without open scientific exploration.
Although this short collection can be read in a single sitting, I suggest a more extended and deliberate study to examine the meanings and implications of Feynman's reasoned perspectives.
Although I appreciated Audible's narration support for an initial preview and exploration, it was not appropriate for more indepth analysis.
Written for general audiences, these lectures offer stark reminders to all serious scientists and seekers of truth.