Richard Feynman

In keeping with my threads about men and women of science, this time I'll post some info on the great Richard Feynman.

If I could have a hero from the science community it would probably be this guy, he was nuts. A Nobel Prize winner, theoretical physicist and in his spare time he liked to crack safes and play the bongo drums. Rumour has it that after winning the Nobel Prize he celebrated by going to a strip club. I find him to be an excellent speaker and teacher and his videos come across as friendly and straight talking. For me there's probably no-one more inspiring.

Richard Feynman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Feynman Online

Richard Phillips Feynman ( /ˈfaɪnmən/; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988)[2] was an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world. In a 1999 poll of 130 leading physicists worldwide by the British journal Physics World he was ranked as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time.[3]
He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was a member of the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing,[4][5] and introducing the concept of nanotechnology.[6] He held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
Feynman was a keen popularizer of physics through both books and lectures, notably a 1959 talk on top-down nanotechnology called There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom and The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Feynman also became known through his semi-autobiographical books (Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?) and books written about him, such as Tuva or Bust!.


Horizon - No Ordinary Genius.

Project Tuva: Enhanced Video Player Home - Microsoft Research

Project Tuva - The Messenger Lectures

The Vega Science Trust - Richard Feynman - Science Videos

University of Auckland Lecutres.

A few select gems from the vids:

Scientific Method
Doubt and Uncertainty
On Winning the Nobel Prize
The atheists atheist...brilliant.

I'm about half way through his lectures and loving them...cheers DC.
No one has mentioned his pivotal role during the Challenger enquiry when the put a piece of 'O' ring in iced water for a few minutes.
When he removed it, the 'O' ring material was shown to crumble. Classic Feynman keep it simple. He initially refused to sit on the
Challenger enquiry as he had been diagnosed with cancer. Did you know his second wife is a Yorkshire lass? They used to come to
the UK every year to visit her relatives. I personally think it is where he got the idea 'keep it simple' :O)

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