Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Basic Books

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman—from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science-a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will fascinate anyone interested in the world of ideas.

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In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar.

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I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

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I think it`s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.

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Scientific knowledge is an enabling power to do either good or bad - but it does not carry instructions on how to use it.

I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

Learn from science that you must doubt the experts. As a matter of fact, I can also define science another way: Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.

Chapter 8

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