Saturday, July 18, 2009

13 Short Works of Uber Physics Teacher

That's what you get from the delightful The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. It starts off with a transcript of the interview he did for BBC's Horizon (that's available on youtube) where he highlights the importance of using meaningful analogies when teaching, takes a swipe at silo mentality and reminds us that the reward for doing great work is getting the opportunity of doing it (his so-called kick in the discovery) and not whatever prize or benefit you may get for it. Then there are the must-read chapters on nanotechnology, the role of science in society and the inquiry into the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

If I had to use two words to summarise this book I'd go for doubt and discussion. Which are to TINAwallahs what garlic is to Dracula.


P.S: TINA=There Is No Alternative

4 comments:

Bruno said...

So far I only read (almost all) the Physics Lectures of Feynman .. real classic and well explained.

Nope I havent read his philosophy nor stories (he was an atheist I know ...)

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

I think I saw that on Amazon. They come in several volumes right?

Btw, did u notice there is a warning message on mauritiusbloglist from google?

Bruno said...

Yes, 3 volumes ... great classic for undergrad physics

Non ... I am verifying this now :S

Zouav said...

i recommend reading "The critics of pure reason" by Kant and "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by Khun T. S. (1970) to get a better understanding of the role of science in society and esp. in the business world. These are small books (the Kuhn one has less than 200pgs) but very interesting. "There is plenty of room at the bottom" is my favourite presentation from Feynman. Sanjay that's the one on Nanotechnology.Exact!!