Listening to Richard Feynman is like listening to the Qracle at Delphi. It’s like getting plugged into the universe and actually understanding what’s going on. Indeed his passion and unique ability was explaining the inner workings of the physical universe in a way that mortals like me could understand and appreciate as he did. Explaining electromagnetic field theory, as he does here, his face lights up like a kid who just discovered a map to a long-buried treasure…
Richard Feynman on Light
Richard Feynman | YouTube | 2 Nov 07
________________________________________________________________________________ Richard Feynman 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.
Feynman 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, and introducing the concept of nanotechnology. He held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
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