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

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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 audible.com 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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