Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Pleasure of finding things out - Richard Feynman

An amazing, intelligent conversation with Richard Feynman.

Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988; surname pronounced FINE-man; /ˈfaɪnmən/) was an American physicist known for expanding the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, and particle theory.

For his work on quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, together with Julian Schwinger and Shin-Ichiro Tomonaga; he developed a way to understand the behavior of subatomic particles using pictorial tools that later became known as Feynman diagrams.

He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was a member of the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

In this candid interview Mr. Feynman describes

a) The pleasure in finding things
b) The relevance of understanding a concept to learn properly
c) His fathers influence on him
d) The personal effect in the creation of atomic bombs
e) His dis like for honours and epaulette
f) To constantly doubt to understand answers
g) The relevance of understanding Mathematics to understanding Physics

I absolutely loved this interview and hope you all will.