Richard Feynman and Doubt

July 3, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More

Richard Feynman was one of the brightest physicists ever.  His books, although dense and precise, are nevertheless some of the most accessible.  He stood on the field at Trinity and looked at the first atomic explosion without dark glasses because (he said) he knew the simple bright light couldn’t hurt him.  He was a tireless debunker of nonsense, a very funny man, and he blamed bongos.

But the thing that made him special…he was never afraid to look and he never used tinted glasses to do it.

Via pharyngula.


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Mark is a writer and musician living in the St. Louis area. He hit puberty at the peak of the Sixties and came of age just as it was all coming to a close with the end of the Vietnam War. He was annoyed when bellbottoms went out of style, but he got over it.

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  1. There is more where that came from: "No Ordinary Genius", a two part BBC documentary in the "Horizon" series. It's on YouTube in 10 segments starting here.

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Feynman's video presentation was beautiful, humble and insightful. Terrific stuff.

  3. Dan Klarmann says:

    I've read quite a bit of Feynman: His autobiographical sketches ("Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" and "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"), his books on Quantum Electrodynamics ("Q.E.D.") and personal philosophy ("The Meaning of it All"), and even the critical biography "Genius" by James Gleick.

    I had not previously seen him on video.

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