"The Pleasure of Finding Things Out" collects the best short works of rule-breaking genius Richard Feynman, showing his passion for knowledge and sense of fun at their most infectious. The revealing and inspiring pieces here span a lifetime of enthusiasm for discovering what makes the world tick - including uproarious tales of early student experiments; safecracking and outwitting US censors during the Second World War; his first lecture as a graduate student (to an audience including Albert Einstein); and the memories of the father who delighted in showing him the world and sparked his insatiable curiosity. "His immense intelligence, irrepressible wit and touching optimism radiate from every page". ("Independent on Sunday"). "The reason why people such as Feynman "do" science is simply because it is there - the thrill of finding out how the world works". (John Gribbin). "A sparkling collection". ("Wall Street Journal"). "The authentic voice of Feynman, always playing with ideas but always serious about the things that mattered to him". (Freeman Dyson). Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was one of this century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers.
Feynman's other books, also available in Penguin, include "QED", "Six Easy Pieces", "Six Not-so-Easy Pieces", "Don't You Have Time to Think", "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out", "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" and "The Meaning of it All".
One of the world's greatest theoretical physicists and a Nobel laureate, Richard Feynman was also a man who fell, often jumped, into adventure. An artist, safe-cracker, practical joker and storyteller, his life was a series of combustible combinations made possible by his unique mixture of high intelligence, unquenchable curiosity and eternal scepticism.