Richard Feynman on Curiosity: VIDEO


Here's your deep thought for the day from quantum mechanics physicist Richard Feynman.


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  1. I was at a faculty lunch once in 1975 where Feynman was the guest of honour. Someone asked him to explain Stephen Hawking's then new paper on the thermodynamics of black holes. He did so in a brief paragraph that any first year physics student could understand. He claimed if you couldn't do that, you didn't understand it yourself.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 4, 2011 11:09:09 AM

  2. That's quite the privilege to have shared time and broken bread with a mind of such blazing brilliance. I'll admit my own dissatisfaction with the lack of a charismatic voice for science today. Feynman and Sagan and others, these men of the midcentury did so much for us scientists. I can't help but think that if there were someone of their caliber today on the stage, the corrosive spread of ignorance would be stemmed.

    Posted by: Vincent | Oct 4, 2011 11:37:20 AM

  3. I agree with the previous commenters, but the video is really just a Koyaanisqatsi redux. From the time lapse Grand Central, to the Rockefeller buildings, to the sand and desert shots... Not all that original.

    Posted by: jim | Oct 4, 2011 11:45:30 AM

  4. Lack of a charismatic voice for science today?

    Neil deGrasse Tyson?

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 4, 2011 12:10:57 PM

  5. Richard was the true comic.

    Posted by: barney | Oct 4, 2011 12:22:10 PM

  6. Jim: The video is second to the audio here.

    Posted by: Spudger | Oct 4, 2011 1:36:30 PM

  7. @ Spudger - thats what is for.

    Posted by: jim | Oct 4, 2011 1:45:58 PM

  8. A truly great mind and an awesome video.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 4, 2011 3:50:51 PM

  9. It was nice to hear his voice again. He was often forced to be an oracle by people on bended knee forcing him to spew forth on some subject as though he were the Pope. But left to his own devices he could be quite naughty and a clown.

    Posted by: one of a kind | Oct 4, 2011 5:28:19 PM

  10. Sadly, most Americans (and people generally) lack any curiosity, much less knowledge.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 4, 2011 7:45:38 PM

  11. Why, HERMAN CAIN is both knowledgable and curious! Can't you tell?

    Posted by: fanswitch | Oct 4, 2011 8:35:30 PM

  12. Charismatic voice for science today? Richard Dawkins echoes essentially what is said here. In his "Unweaving the Rainbow", he offers proofs that the discovery/explanation of our natural world is so much more fascinating and remarkable than blind admiration. Staring at a rainbow, he argues, is much less poetic (sorry, Keats) than understanding the mystery behind its existence.

    Posted by: Jesse Archer | Oct 4, 2011 11:12:08 PM

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