21 March 2016
Just finished reading ‘Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman’. The book’s been on my to-read list for probably over a decade now, and I wish I had read it sooner. It’s shot up to near the top of my recommendations list, along with Ogilvy’s Confessions, Lewis Thomas’s Notes, Taleb’s Antifragile, Griffith’s Sideways Look At Time, @vgr’s Gervais Principle, Greene’s 48 Laws, Sagan’s biography.
What is it about these books that I like? The cliche would be that they expanded my mind and sense of possibility. They gave me some ideas to live up to.
I wish I had a friend like Richard Feynman to bounce ideas off, to be challenged by. Since he doesn’t exist anymore, the next best things I can do are
1. Keep him and his ideas in my thoughts regularly
2. Seek out present day versions of him
3. Become more like him altogether (not pretend to be him, but to identify the things about me that I like that are similar to the things about him that I like, and reinforce those)
1 is straightforward.
2- where will these people be? They will be working on interesting problems. How do you find people who are working on interesting problems? You work on them yourself.
What are some interesting problems?