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John and Mary Gribbin say in their book on Feynman: In the early s, Feynman acceded to a request to "spruce up" the teaching of undergraduates at Caltech. After three years devoted to the task, he produced a series of lectures that later became The Feynman Lectures on Physics. He wanted a picture of a drumhead sprinkled with powder to show the modes of vibration at the beginning of the book. Concerned over the connections to drugs and rock and roll that could be made from the image, the publishers changed the cover to plain red, though they included a picture of him playing drums in the foreword.
Leighton and Matthew Sands, as part-time co-authors for several years. Even though the books were not adopted by universities as textbooks, they continue to sell well because they provide a deep understanding of physics. Feynman wrote about his experiences teaching physics undergraduates in Brazil. The students' study habits and the Portuguese language textbooks were so devoid of any context or applications for their information that, in Feynman's opinion, the students were not learning physics at all.
At the end of the year, Feynman was invited to give a lecture on his teaching experiences, and he agreed to do so, provided he could speak frankly, which he did. Feynman opposed rote learning or unthinking memorization and other teaching methods that emphasized form over function.
Clear thinking and clear presentation were fundamental prerequisites for his attention. It could be perilous even to approach him when unprepared, and he did not forget the fools or pretenders. He was not impressed with what he found. Elementary students were taught about sets , but:. I see no need or reason for this all to be explained or to be taught in school. It is not a useful way to express one's self. It is not a cogent and simple way. It is claimed to be precise, but precise for what purpose?
In April , Feynman delivered an address to the National Science Teachers Association , in which he suggested how students could be made to think like scientists, be open-minded, curious, and especially, to doubt. In the course of the lecture, he gave a definition of science, which he said came about by several stages. The evolution of intelligent life on planet Earth—creatures such as cats that play and learn from experience. The evolution of humans, who came to use language to pass knowledge from one individual to the next, so that the knowledge was not lost when an individual died.
Unfortunately, incorrect knowledge could be passed down as well as correct knowledge, so another step was needed. Galileo and others started doubting the truth of what was passed down and to investigate ab initio , from experience, what the true situation was—this was science.
In , Feynman delivered the Caltech commencement address on the topic of cargo cult science , which has the semblance of science, but is only pseudoscience due to a lack of "a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty" on the part of the scientist. He instructed the graduating class that "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.
So you have to be very careful about that. After you've not fooled yourself, it's easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that. Feynman served as doctoral advisor to 31 students. In the s, Feynman began thinking of writing an autobiography, and he began granting interviews to historians.
In the s, working with Ralph Leighton Robert Leighton's son , he recorded chapters on audio tape that Ralph transcribed. The book was published in as Surely You're Joking, Mr.
The publication of the book brought a new wave of protest about Feynman's attitude toward women. There had been protests over his alleged sexism in , and again in It did not help that Jenijoy La Belle , who had been hired as Caltech's first female professor in , was refused tenure in She filed suit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , which ruled against Caltech in , adding that she had been paid less than male colleagues.
La Belle finally received tenure in Many of Feynman's colleagues were surprised that he took her side. He had got to know La Belle and both liked and admired her. Gell-Mann was upset by Feynman's account in the book of the weak interaction work, and threatened to sue, resulting in a correction being inserted in later editions. Gell-Mann often expressed frustration at the attention Feynman received;  he remarked: When invited to join the Rogers Commission , which investigated the Challenger disaster , Feynman was hesitant.
During a break in one hearing, Rogers told commission member Neil Armstrong , "Feynman is becoming a pain in the ass. Feynman's account reveals a disconnect between NASA 's engineers and executives that was far more striking than he expected.
His interviews of NASA's high-ranking managers revealed startling misunderstandings of elementary concepts. For instance, NASA managers claimed that there was a 1 in , chance of a catastrophic failure aboard the shuttle, but Feynman discovered that NASA's own engineers estimated the chance of a catastrophe at closer to 1 in He warned in his appendix to the commission's report which was included only after he threatened not to sign the report , "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
Because of Strauss's actions in stripping Oppenheimer of his security clearance, Feynman was reluctant to accept the award, but Isidor Isaac Rabi cautioned him: Any virtue that a man has, even if he has many vices, should not be used as a tool against him.
In , Feynman sought medical treatment for abdominal pains and was diagnosed with liposarcoma , a rare form of cancer. Surgeons removed a tumor the size of a football that had crushed one kidney and his spleen. Further operations were performed in October and October A ruptured duodenal ulcer caused kidney failure , and he declined to undergo the dialysis that might have prolonged his life for a few months.
When Feynman was nearing death, he asked Danny Hillis why he was so sad. Hillis replied that he thought Feynman was going to die soon. Feynman said that this sometimes bothered him, too, adding, when you get to be as old as he was, and have told so many stories to so many people, even when he was dead he would not be completely gone.
His daughter Michelle later undertook the journey. Aspects of Feynman's life have been portrayed in various media. Feynman was portrayed by Matthew Broderick in the biopic Infinity. Feynman is commemorated in various ways. On May 4, , the United States Postal Service issued the "American Scientists" commemorative set of four cent self-adhesive stamps in several configurations. Feynman's stamp, sepia-toned, features a photograph of a something Feynman and eight small Feynman diagrams.
In Gates made a video on why he thought Feynman was special. The video was made for the 50th anniversary of Feynman's Nobel Prize, in response to Caltech's request for thoughts on Feynman. The Feynman Lectures on Physics is perhaps his most accessible work for anyone with an interest in physics, compiled from lectures to Caltech undergraduates in — As news of the lectures' lucidity grew, professional physicists and graduate students began to drop in to listen.
Leighton and Matthew Sands , colleagues of Feynman, edited and illustrated them into book form. The work has endured and is useful to this day. They were edited and supplemented in with Feynman's Tips on Physics: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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The Papers were gifted to Caltech by Richard Feynman and Gweneth Feynman in two main installments, beginning in Caltech has title to the Papers themselves, while the Feynman heirs retain literary and publication rights.
Oct 01, · Feynman papers A very good series of free papers from the feynman lectures. It covers everything from basic science to advanced physics in an actually easy to understand presentation. - Richard P. Feynman was born May 11, to Melville and Lucille Feynman. His father, Melville, never had a chance to endulge his interests in science, so he engulfed Richard in science from a young age.
Feynman's childhood home was in the community of Far Rockaway, in the outskirts if Manhattan. When Feynman was born, his father, Melville, had already determined that Feynman would grow up to be a . 1 day ago · NEW YORK, NY.-Sotheby’s announced that the Nobel Prize, papers and personal research library of the brilliant, inspiring, and much-beloved theoretical physicist Richard P. Feynman will headline their second annual History of Science & Technology auction in .