Friday, December 08, 2006

Lecture Series: Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman on the theory of quantum electrodynamics, to people who don't want to accept it because it seems too crazy: "You'll have to accept it because it's the way nature works. If you want to understand the way nature works...we've looked at it carefully, and that's the way it looks. If you don't like it, go somewhere else, to another universe where the rules are simpler, philosophically more pleasing..." To those who get turned off because the they just don't understand it: "I'm going to ask you not to get turned off. Realize that nobody understands it. Well what the hell are my students learning for four years if no one understands it? Well, I'm going to explain." My absolute favorite theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman (now deceased, sadly) gives a series of lectures in Aukland, New Zealand that are funny, and darned interesting. Unlike the stereotypical scientist-type, he is irreverent and unconventional. Click here to see this series.