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Discuss "curiosity." Dr. Feynman suggests much of his success stems from his curiosity rather than from inherent talent or knowledge. How does the way in which Feynman sees the world and his thirst to "figure things out" contribute to his accomplishments?

What does Feynman's narrative tell you about the way science is conducted and the way in which scientific discoveries happen?

How do the experiences of Feynman's youth contribute to his adult success?

Feynman talks a lot about secrecy surrounding the Manhattan project. He seems to think the extremely secretive environment caused the workers to be less efficient (since many people had little idea of what they were working on) and in some cases, people's lives were put in danger by their lack of information. Do you think this level of secrecy was necessary in this particular situation, or would the project have been...

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