Scientists on science, engineers on engineering
August 1, 2013 1:44 AM Subscribe
I am looking for books where master scientists or engineers describe their philosophy of the field they are working in or/and treat semi-technical topics in a playful, essayistic manner. Examples inside.
posted by jarekr to Science & Nature (12 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
One example everyone knows are Feynman books, some other of my favourites include Hamming's "The Art of Doing Science And Engineering", Ulam's "Adventures of a Mathematician", HBS Haldane's essay "On Being The Right Size", Lewis Thomas "Lives of a Cell", Korners "Pleasures of Counting", Courant's "What is mathematics?". I am especially interested in mathematics, physics, biology and engineering. I had taken calculus and linear algebra, you can also assume I have taken introductory university physics and biology courses and am willing to learn new vocabulary or work things out if necessary, it just should not be boring or too textbook-like.