QED: A Play Inspired by the Writings of Richard Feynman and Tuva or Bust! by Ralph Leighton (Applause Books) Info

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Reviews for QED: A Play Inspired by the Writings of Richard Feynman and Tuva or Bust! by Ralph Leighton (Applause Books):

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Jan 14, 2019

First book of 2019. Some of my favorite quotes:

[...] on the contrary, we know quite a lot about quantum physics, and thats why we cant talk about it. Its everything we dont know about like how to solve poverty, and lower crime, and stop drugs, that we can talk about!

See, Nature is always out there, shes always doing what she does, and its our job to try and trick her into revealing her secrets to us. Its a dance, because Nature doesnt always give up her secrets easily.

[...] not knowing is much First book of 2019. Some of my favorite quotes:

“[...] on the contrary, we know quite a lot about quantum physics, and that’s why we can’t talk about it. It’s everything we don’t know about like how to solve poverty, and lower crime, and stop drugs, that we can talk about!”

“See, Nature is always out there, she’s always doing what she does, and it’s our job to try and trick her into revealing her secrets to us. It’s a dance, because Nature doesn’t always give up her secrets easily.”

“[...] not knowing is much more interesting than believing an answer which might be wrong.” ...more
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Feb 27, 2017

It was beautiful. A must read for all Feynman fans. I can only hope that I'll one day see this on stage, perhaps with Alan Alda as the lead again.
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Sep 24, 2013

Reading a play (as opposed to seeing it performed) has its drawbacks. In this case, however, there are two excellent points in its favor -- a fascinating main character who is marvelously developed by the playwright, and Alan Alda. It's easy to hear him speaking each line, giving himself over to the words, the spirit, the captured essence of scientist Richard Feynman and -- by his own admission -- being incapable of truly capturing Feynman.

The "QED" of the title is not "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" Reading a play (as opposed to seeing it performed) has its drawbacks. In this case, however, there are two excellent points in its favor -- a fascinating main character who is marvelously developed by the playwright, and Alan Alda. It's easy to hear him speaking each line, giving himself over to the words, the spirit, the captured essence of scientist Richard Feynman and -- by his own admission -- being incapable of truly capturing Feynman.

The "QED" of the title is not "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" (Latin, "that which was to be proved," frequently written in triumph at the bottom of a mathematical proof) but "Quantum Electrodynamics," which was Feynman's primary field of study. At the same time, however, Feynman studied everything, proving and reproving the very essence of Nature to himself, repeatedly. In this play, we see the good doctor talking about everything and, in doing so, showing us how we are all experimenters, scientists, living beings who by our nature must question everything, including ourselves. In the end, we will probably never get even close the the whole answer, but the journey... the journey is (to spell the word as Feynman pronounces it in the play) in-ter-est-ing! ...more
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Nov 01, 2012

For those of us not lucky enough to see Alan Alda play Richard Feynman, this script and a little imagination are a reasonable compromise. (Anyone with enough exposure to M*A*S*H reruns should have an internalised Alda accent on standby for this very occasion.)

A warm, respectful and, by most accounts, pretty accurate tribute to a fascinating man. I'm glad I made the effort to find a copy.
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Jul 24, 2010

This play about Richard Feynman was interesting, but a lot of the stories were pulled from Feynman's books and I think Feynman did a better job of telling his own stories. I also think I liked this play more before reading "Wit," which made me remember just how good a play really can be.
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Jan 16, 2016

Captures the essence of Feynman

I would have loved to see this play performed. Richard Feynman was a true genius, but also a very human being. He had a passion for life and for understanding nature's secrets.

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