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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2004 9:49 am    Post subject: Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!

Vintage, 1985
Very refreshing. The situations he describes with committees talking superiour nonsense are very recognizeable. His intolerance for politics (even though he doesn't call it that) is refreshing. Amazingly, this is the first time I've seen somebody else admit to being unable to understand theoretical derivations without applying it to a concrete example while going along. I always thought that was my major intellectual weakness, but if he had the same "weakness", it can't be all that bad. The last chapter is about "cargo culture", which is also mentioned in Steve McConnells latest book (Professional Software Development) and a very good example to work into discussions and talks. There's not much concrete ideas to learn from this book, but it sure is a very reassuring story to read if you can identify with the manner of thinking and approaching problems (and people!). (7/2003)
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