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Analytical Essay Working Draft The book that I have chosen to do this research project on is a book written by one of the greatest physicists - Richard Feynman. The book’s name is Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman , and it is considered to be an autobiography of Feynman. However, instead of viewing this book as a simple autobiography, I prefer to adopt a more flexible perspective and regard this book as something much more. While being a collection of silly anecdotes, I believe that every story of Feynman has a very significant philosophical meaning behind it (mainly regarding the search for knowledge and beauty), and furthermore, you can hear the voice of Richard Feynman speaking to you while you join him on his adventures into his own life. Let’s begin with the more superficial dimensions of the voice of Feynman first, since I think those external aspects of voice are the ones that are most relatable to people, and truly embodies the Richard Feynman that we perceive. However, staying on the surface is no where near the level of an adequate analysis in this case, since Feynman is a much more complex character than the commonly perceived child-like, and arrogant individual. In order to truly understand the voice of Richard Feynman, I believe that it is necessary to delve deeper into this vague subject matter, and seek for the threads that connect to the very center of his diverse personality. And that center is the embodiment of what Richard Feynman truly seeks. In other words, to understand the voice of Feynman, we first have to understand what he really seeks. As Richard Feynman once said, “knowing the name of something is not equal to actually knowing something”. So in this sense, following the great footsteps of Feynman, we shall try to really understand what Feynman wants in his heart, only by that, we could fully understand why his voice is the way it is, and what his voice really years for.
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Without further ado, let’s get to the first superficial aspect of the voice of Richard Feynman. And immediately, one would think of the word “arrogance”. And yes, that is very true. When you hear the lectures given by Feynman, you would instantly get the impression that Feynman idealizes physicists as god-like figures trying to stretch the boundaries of human knowledge, while everyone else are just commers slaving under the forces of nature being unable to truly appreciate the beauty of physics. In other words, he thinks that physicists and commoners see and think things differently, and the former is the closest to nature than the latter. I would go a step further and say that not only his voice is “arrogant”, but his voice is rather “dismissive” as well. Note the essential difference between arrogance and dismissiveness here.
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