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  1. The late great physicist Richard Feynman - In Conversation - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Scientists are sometimes accused of diminishing the beauty of the natural world by explaining it in terms of scientific ideas and processes. Not so, according to the late Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, who says knowledge about the inner structure of flowers only adds to the excitement, mystery and awe of nature. A very passionate Richard Feynman will be In Conversation with himself this week.

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  2. Richard Feynman on What It Means

    The key was somehow to know what was important and what was not important, what was exciting, because I can’t learn everything." - Richard Feynman in 1966

    Hear more interview outtakes and learn more about Richard Feynman

    If you don’t really have a head for math and science, physics may be the most intimidating subject of them all. It’s space and time, the make-up of the entire universe - incredibly abstract and mind-bending stuff, and enough to make a lot of students throw in the towel. And that’s where Professor Richard Feynman really made his mark - of course he did all kinds of groundbreaking work, like his theory of quantum electrodynamics…. he proposed the parton model in the field of particle physics… was even part of the atomic bomb project.

    But he was also an amazing teacher, this dynamic and charismatic lecturer who made physics fun. He was one of those rare people who not only naturally understood math and science - he was actually able to make other people understand it too. And like it.

    Starting in 1966, science historian Charles Weiner interviewed Richard Feynman as part of a big oral history project at the American Institute of Physics. Recording hours …

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  3. Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science. Lawrence Krauss Talk at CERN

    Professor Lawrence Krauss presents "Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science" at a talk at CERN, Geneva. Lawrence Krauss is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Director of the ASU Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the only physicist to have received the highest awards from all 3 major US professional physics societies.

    Professor Krauss has over 300 academic publications, mainly in the field of Cosmology. His popular science publications include The Physics of Star Trek, Quintessence, and Atom, Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science and, more recently, the widely acclaimed A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing, a book which is, in my opinion, the "A Brief History of Time" of this generation of science literature.

    One of the 3 winners of the 1965 Nobel prize in Physics for his work, Richard Feynman was an expert on quantum mechanics and developed the Path Integral formulation of Relativistic Quantum mechanics, used in Quantum Field Theory, he also interpreted the Born series of scattering amplitudes as vertices and Green’s functions as propagators and incorporated these in his famous diagrams, the Feynman Diagrams . Feynman’s genius was quickly seen when he worked on the Manhattan Project, where his pipe…

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  4. Podcast: Quantum Man

    Quantum Man

    June 29, 2011

    Richard Feynman is one of the most dynamic and ebullient larger-than-life characters in modern physics. Mike Lucibella sat down with physicist and author Lawrence Krauss to talk about his new biography Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science.

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  5. All Genius, All Buffoon: 100 Years of Richard Feynman - A Documentary

    In 2018 the Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman would’ve turned 100 years old. But Richard Feynman was so much more than just one of the greatest physicists, the greatest scientists, of the 20th century. He was a beautiful writer, a man of boundless curiosity, a bongo player, a clown. Fellow physicist Freeman Dyson once said that Feynman was "Half genius, half buffoon". He would later revise those words, replacing them with "All genius, all buffoon."

    This documentary, presented by Robin Ince, features new and exclusive interviews with those that knew him and have been inspired by him including Professor Brian Cox, Dr Helen Czerski, Dr Marcus Chown and Dr Leonard Mlodinow.

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    Presented by Robin Ince

    Featuring Exclusive Interviews with Professor Brian Cox, Dr Helen Czersk, Professor Jon Butterworth, Dr Leonard Mlodinow, Dr Marcus Chown, Chris Addison, Christopher Sykes, Dr Linda Cremonesi, Dr Cheryl Patrick, Nicholas Booth

    Produced and Edited by Trent Burton

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  6. TEDxCaltech - Michelle Feynman and Christopher Sykes - Fun to Imagine

    Michelle Feynman is the daughter of Richard Feynman. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Michelle is a freelance photographer and spends most of her days taking pictures. She is perhaps best known as the editor of, "Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman," a collection of letters to and from her father.The book includes an introduction by Michelle in which she describes what it was like to grow up as the daughter of one of the world’s best-known physicists. Michelle has also gathered a compilation of her father’s artwork in a book entitled, "The Art of Richard P. Feynman: Images by a Curious Character."

    Christopher Sykes is a TV documentary producer based in London.  He was born in 1945, and was educated at the Atlantic College and Merton College, Oxford where he read English.  In 1970 he joined the BBC as a television researcher.He has made about seventy documentaries for BBC TV and Channel 4, some of which have been shown on PBS/Nova — notably the programs he made with and about Richard Feynman ("The Pleasure of Finding Things Out," "Last Journey of a Genius" and "The Best Mind Since Einstein"). He is also a consultant to Web Stories, an online video collection of in-depth interviews with many of the great minds of our time.

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