Monday, May 11, 2009

Forever meandering . . .

A Happy Birthday salute to Richard Feynman  (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988), physicist, oft referred to as the The Great Explainer.  He received the nickname due to his skill at making complex subjects understandable to the layman.

Richard Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing and introducing the concept of nanotechnology.

To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in." - Richard Feynman

"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there." - Richard Feynman

"Work hard to find something that fascinates you." - Richard Feynman

"The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. ... No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it." - Richard Feynman

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -- and you are the easiest person to fool." - Richard Feynman

"Richard Phillips Feynman's life and work signify the joy of discovery and the pleasure of exploring things. He demonstrated that doing science could be fun. He provided an 'image of science that cut right across the stereotype'. He loved people more than he loved physics. He believed that the highest forms of understanding one can achieve are laughter and human compassion." direct quote source (1)

Trivia bit: Richard Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, together with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. He was also known as a prankster, juggler, a proud amateur painter, bongo player, an eccentric and a free spirit.

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