The Quotable Feynman


“Some people say, ‘How can you live without knowing?’ I do not know what they mean. I always live without knowing. That is easy. How you get to know is what I want to know.”—Richard P. Feynman

Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard P. Feynman (1918–88) was that rarest of creatures—a towering scientific genius who could make himself understood by anyone and who became as famous for the wit and wisdom of his popular lectures and writings as for his fundamental contributions to science….

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race and the Birth of…


Afterword by Professor Stephen Hawking

“Reads like a thriller – and reveals many secrets… one of the great entrepreneurial stories of our time” (Washington Post)

From the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, Peter Diamandis’s singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, he set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time. If the government wouldn’t send him to space, he would create a private…

Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom (Aeronautics …



Unlike other American astronauts, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom never had the chance to publish his memoirs—save for an account of his role in the Gemini program—before the tragic launch pad fire on January 27, 1967, which took his life and those of Edward White and Roger Chaffee. The international prestige of winning the Moon Race cannot be understated, and Grissom played a pivotal and enduring role in securing that legacy for the United States. Indeed, Grissom was first and foremost a Cold…

House Advantage



As part of the notorious MIT Team depicted in Ben Mezrich’s now classic Bringing Down the House, Jeff Ma used math and statistics to master the game of blackjack and reap handsome rewards at casinos. Years later, Ma has inspired not only a bestselling novel and hit movie, but has also started three different companies – the latest of which, Citizen Sports, is an innovative marriage of sports, betting, and digital technology – and launched a successful corporate speaking career. The House…

Tell Me the Planets: Stories of Brain Injury and What It Means to Survive


‘Platts-Mills writes with truth and eloquence about his relationships with brain injury survivors’ Julia Samuel

Matthew has a meticulously logical mind. He is intelligent, compassionate and fiercely loyal. He also has a brain injury.

When Matthew underwent surgery to remove a life-threatening cyst in the middle of his brain, he was left with extreme fatigue, a difficulty forming new memories and with a tendency to confabulate – to ‘remember’, with absolute conviction, events that have not…

Background



This book is mainly about my career as an Electrical Engineer, starting from the very beginning and noting some of the experiences that added interest to my life. There are many routes to becoming a consultant and this is only one example. It as been a long slow route but I have savoured every minute of it, and I would recommend it to any youngster who has the desire to become a professional engineer, no matter where or when they start. It is neither possible nor desirable to record the…

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