Tuesday, 1 September 2015

"The Quotable Feynman" now available for pre-order

"We are so used to looking at the world from the point of view of living things that we cannot understand what it means not to be alive, and yet most of the time the world had nothing alive on it. And in most places in the universe today, there is probably nothing alive.”
--Richard P. Feynman
If you are reading this news item, you don't need to be informed of who Richard Feynman was, or convinced of his quotable character.  However, you might not be aware of the forthcoming publication of The Quotable Feynman,  a treasure-trove of profound, provocative, humorous, and memorable quotations on a wide range of subjects.

Here is a description of the book cadged from the Amazon website:

Carefully selected by Richard Feynman's daughter, Michelle Feynman, from his spoken and written legacy, including interviews, lectures, letters, articles, and books, the quotations are arranged under two dozen topics--from art, childhood, discovery, family, imagination, and humor to mathematics, politics, science, religion, and uncertainty

The book features a foreword in which physicist Brian Cox pays tribute to Feynman and describes how his words reveal his particular genius, a piece in which cellist Yo-Yo Ma shares his memories of Feynman and reflects on his enduring appeal, and a personal preface by Michelle Feynman. It also includes some previously unpublished quotations, a chronology of Richard Feynman's life, some twenty photos of Feynman, and a section of memorable quotations about Feynman from other notable figures.

  • Approximately 500 quotations, some of them previously unpublished, arranged by topic
  • A foreword by Brian Cox, reflections by Yo-Yo Ma, and a preface by Michelle Feynman
  • A chronology of Feynman's life
  • Some twenty photos of Feynman
  • A section of quotations about Feynman from other notable figures
Available for pre-order now at your favourite local bookseller, or online at the usual places - search on "the Quotable Feynman", ISBN 978-0691153032


1 comment:

  1. What strikes one most clearly regarding the quotations in this book painstakingly compiled by this Nobel prize-winning physicist’s daughter, Michelle Feynman, from “his many published works, his personal papers that occupy 14 file drawers, and dozens of hours of recorded lectures,” is the accessibility of Richard P. Feynman’s thought, whether it be on a personal matter, such as youth, family and love, or the more intellectually challenging aspects of the quantum world and science and society.
    The cogency of Feynman’s profound understanding of the fundamental rules that govern and underpin the universe, as encapsulated in his own writings and lectures, is laid open to the reader here in a way that crystallizes many of his most meaningful sayings and expressions about the tangibility of life, how he lived it, and how he proposed those who sought his advice on the matter lived theirs. Full of sage advice, the many quotations in this collection are a perfect way to start learning more about the man himself, and the surrounding natural environment about which he so deeply cared. That he was able to elicit the trust of his many students, as well as of his multiple readers, is proof that, to his very core, Feynman was a man of integrity, who could see through to the heart and soul of his fellow man. The Quotable Feynman ends with quotations about this “magician of the highest calibre” (Kac), from a range of experts in the field of physics and elsewhere that reveal the high status that Feynman held among his peers.
    In addition to the approximately 500 quotations included in The Quotable Feynman, several of which have not previously appeared in print, a chronology is given of the highlights in Feynman’s life (1918−1988). Each chapter is headed by a black-and-white photograph of Feynman, from boyhood to his older years, just as he was, ever erect and dignified. Following on several pages of acknowledgements and sources, all of which are meticulously detailed, comes a nine-page index that is both illuminating and thorough.
    The Quotable Feynman should not only appeal to the scholar, or to fellow physicists, but to all those who take a lively interest in the surrounding universe, and in its underlying laws and precepts.