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Richard Feynman’s Ode To A Flower

(vimeo link) The more science you know, the more amazing our world becomes. An anecdote from a 1981 Richard Feynman interview for the BBC is illustrated by Fraser Davidson’s animation. -via Geeks Are Sexy

Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius

In this 90-minute BBC documentary from 1993, we see a glimpse of Richard Feynman at his best. Feynman and other figures from his life are interviewed extensively, revealing a portrait of a complex mind — a man who was willing to live with doubt, uncertainty, and incorrectness as part of the human condition. [...]

Adam Savage Talks Feynman, Eratosthenes, and Fizeau

In this seven-minute talk, MythBuster Adam Savage inspires students to understand how simple questions can lead to major scientific discoveries. Through three simple stories — those of Richard Feynman, Eratosthenes, and Hippolyte Fizeau — Savage explains how scientists can do great work with very common tools, the most significant of which is the human [...]

Link Latte 168

#168 – Week of November 1, 2011 Pop Culture Buried Treasures – [great page]See Spaceport America! – [architecture]Surreal Art: Dandelion Ceiling – [wow art]The Cruelest Show on Earth – [fascinating]Movie Spaceships: Great Series – [retrofuture]Sculptural Metal Mouse – [do we have to say "steampunk"?]Inside the Mind of an Octopus – [fascinating]HAL 9000 Clock (long awaited) – [...]

Richard Feynman on His Father

In this five-minute clip from The BBC’s The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out, physicist Richard Feynman talks about his father, and how Feynman was taught by his father, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and good old-fashioned experimentation. It’s a nice look into the origins of Feynman’s thought processes, and how he attempted to pass them on [...]

Feynman Series

(YouTube link) As a companion to the Sagan Series, this video starts off a tribute to quantum physicist Richard Feynman. Beautiful footage from BBC and NASA give added poetry to some of Feynman’s most memorable discourse. I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing, by being lost in a mysterious [...]

Remembering Richard Feynman

In this TEDxCaltech talk, physicist Leonard Susskind talks about his old friend Richard “Dick” Feynman. Susskind relates a series of stories about Feynman the man, the scientist, and the teacher. It doesn’t really get good until four minutes in; the whole talk is fourteen minutes long. Sample quote: “What Feynman hated more than anything else was [...]

10 Clever and Confusing Flowcharts

It’s been almost a year since I shared my ever-growing collection of helpful and not-so-helpful flowcharts found on the internet. The list has grown, and some of the latest flowcharts explain everything from how to date your cousin to picking up food from the floor. 1. Should I Work for Free? This may sound like a silly [...]

Symphony of Science: A Wave of Reason

In the seventh “Symphony of Science” installment by John Boswell, Carl Sagan sings: “Science is more than a body of knowledge: it’s a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we’re up for grabs.” That’s [...]

7 Nobel Prize Stories Ripped from the Tabloids!

by Maggie Koerth-Baker and Linda Rodriguez Forget Brad and Angelina. It’s time to put the spotlight back where it belongs—on history’s biggest nerds! We’ve got all the juiciest gossip about the world’s greatest minds. 1. Scientist, Editor Duel Over Marie Curie’s Honor! Gunshots Barely Avoided as Albert Einstein Weighs In Marie Curie is well known as the first [...]