Richard Feynman is one of the most interesting and inspiring characters I have ever had the pleasure to learn about.
He was an American theoretical physicist who, most notably, worked on quantum electrodynamics and the Manhattan project (helping develop the atomic bomb). He won the Nobel prize for physics in 1965 and would later be called the greatest mind since Einstein. He became famous, however, not so much for his contributions to physics but rather for his eccentricities and charisma. He was an accomplished bongo drummer, safe cracker, nude sketcher, bar fighter, he was a prankster and partier. He was interested in every subject, every facet of life, he had as his driving force an insatiable curiosity. He died of cancer in 1988 but has gone down in history as one of the greatest minds the world has seen.
The videos below are a brief introduction to Richard Feynman’s character and his philosophy. [Click ‘continue reading’ below to expand post.]
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! I highly recommend this book. It is a compilation of Feynman’s stories and adventures from his perspective and it is an absolute joy to read.
No Ordinary Genius. This is a good 90 minute documentary about Feynman (available in full on youtube).
***All video credit to Reid Gower.