Offices and Feynmann
Joel's praise of Richard Feynmann caused me to go look him up, and I found this incredibly outstanding article:
If you liked that, you really owe it to yourself to read "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman".
Read anything about Fenyman you can get your hands on. And Ed Whitten for that matter.
Really, read _anything_ Feynmann. His "Lectures on Physics" is very enjoyable - it's very far from the typical textbook, even though it's often found on the same shelf. He manages to explain a lot of physics with very simple math, often without having to resort to formulas at all.
What's so interesting about this article?
The article contains one of Feynman's best quotes: "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are the easiest person to fool."
His lectures on tape are great to listen to as well (though you've got to have 'the red books' to make sense of some of the diagrams and setups he refers to).
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
Another vote for "Surely, You're joking Mr. Feynman".
"Surely you'e joking" is execptional. The followup book "What do you care what others think, Mr. Feynman" is nearly as good. The section on the Challenger Roger's commission investigation is an ey-opener, and topic with the Space Shuttle still grounded after the Columbia explosion.
Richard Feynman used to hang out in a strip bar. He eventually testified in court as a defense witness when the owner was charged with obscenity.
J. D. Trollinger
When did Joel praise Feynman? I must have missed that one.
In the "wawa" thread.
Those psychologists Feynman mentions remind me of management. I've known about 30 rats (the friendly kind, not sewer rats), about two of which are fairly humanlike in intelligence, and I think rats are often pretty subtle suckers. One of them, a clumsy fireball-colored one, had a good sense of manners and interesting ways to deal with hurt feelings until they subsided. The other, a little grey one, was very experimental and clearly observed before taking action (too bad she was a sociopathic little charmer with little respect for the weak).
Tayssir John Gabbour
Feynmann is one of the greatest! Gleick's biography of him "Genius" captures this very well and is a superb read.
Just me (Sir to you)
I'm well aware of cargo cultism, but I've only seen references to McConnell's "Cargo Cult Software"; didn't realize it had a forebearer. :-)
I read Gleick's biography of Feynman. I didn't like it. Far too dry for my taste.
J. D. Trollinger
Feynman had help solving the Challenger disaster. An engineer (can't remember if he was from NASA or Morton Thiokol) talked with him about the key issue.
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