Posts Tagged ‘Richard Feynman’

Richard Feynman and the rules of disclosure

August 14, 2022

I’m not sure Feynman ever said this.  Whatever.

Feynman’s ode to the wonder of life

April 24, 2022

The following words are from an address to the National Academy of Sciences in 1955.  Get details from The Marginalian.

[UNTITLED ODE TO THE WONDER OF LIFE]
by Richard Feynman

I stand at the seashore, alone, and start to think. There are the rushing waves… mountains of molecules, each stupidly minding its own business… trillions apart… yet forming white surf in unison.

Ages on ages… before any eyes could see… year after year… thunderously pounding the shore as now. For whom, for what?… on a dead planet, with no life to entertain.

Never at rest… tortured by energy… wasted prodigiously by the sun… poured into space. A mite makes the sea roar.

Deep in the sea, all molecules repeat the patterns of one another till complex new ones are formed. They make others like themselves… and a new dance starts.

Growing in size and complexity… living things, masses of atoms, DNA, protein… dancing a pattern ever more intricate.

Out of the cradle onto the dry land… here it is standing… atoms with consciousness… matter with curiosity.

Stands at the sea… wonders at wondering… I… a universe of atoms… an atom in the universe.

Science and stamp collecting

May 12, 2015

science and stamp collectingSource: xkcd

Beauty in the eye of a physicist

May 26, 2013

This video is based on a 1981 interview with the late Richard Feynman, responding to those who say that scientific knowledge destroys poetic appreciation of beauty.

Richard Feynman on truth and beauty

October 16, 2011

The late Nobel physicist Richard Feynman says in this video something I’ve always believed to be true—that the more you learn about something, the more wonderful it seems.

The other two parts of the three-part series are below.

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