Day 28: A Few Not-so-easy Pieces

The drive back to SF is quick and easy.

Old Feynman lectures are a lot funnier than you’d think. They’re much better to listen to than to read; his irreverent attitude comes across like a playful punch in the nose. Don’t try to listen to him when you’ve got passengers, though. It’s kind of a solo thing.

My muse is working at home today, so I get to see her in the early afternoon, right when she’s ready to take a break. She welcomes the distraction, and the stories. Some quiet relax-time together and dinner at Buckhorn makes me a cheap date.

Random assertion: Richard Feynman’s safe-cracking methods from the 1940’s are still useful today. In general, I suspect he had more big answers than he ever let on.

Steganographic data: 1872/0.7

Published in: on June 14, 2008 at 11:17 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I’ve always wanted to know more about Feynman. Do you have a recommended entry point? Is the audio book a place to start, or should I read something first?

  2. Lightweight/Biographical: Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman! (Hard to tell truth from legend, but it’s fun.)

    There are some audio distillations which are a quick listen: Six Easy Pieces and Six Not-so-easy Pieces.

    Still, I like the raw stuff. IMHO, the best is to get an account and listen to the unabridged lectures. You of all people will have no trouble following it.

    Besides that:
    Quantum: Some mentions in Minds, Machines and the Multiverse, by Julian Brown.
    Hardback: The Feynman Lectures on Physics has good text and pictures to go with the audio lectures.

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