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Who Is Richard Feynman? The Curious Character Who Mastered Thinking and Physics

December 31, 2017

Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was one of the great scientists and physicists of our time, truly one of the great minds of humanity. Below, we collect much of his wisdom in one place. Richard Feynman lived from 1918 to 1988. He made his mark as an original genius, starting with his work on the Manhattan Project in […]


A Few Useful Mental Tools from Richard Feynman

July 05, 2016

We’ve covered the brilliant physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988) many times here before. He was a genius. A true genius. But there have been many geniuses — physics has been fortunate to attract some of them — and few of them are as well known as Feynman. Why is Feynman so well known? It’s likely because he had tremendous range outside of pure science, […]


Richard Feynman on Teaching Math to Kids and the Lessons of Knowledge

July 03, 2016

Legendary scientist Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was famous for his penetrating insight and clarity of thought. Famous for not only the work he did to garner a Nobel Prize, but also for the lucidity of explanations of ordinary things such as why trains stay on the tracks as they go around a curve, how we look for new […]


Richard Feynman on Refusing an Honorary Degree, Being Driven, and Understanding his Circle of Competence

December 04, 2015

Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track is a wonderful collection of letters written to and from the physicist and professor Richard Feynman—champion of understanding, explainer, an exemplar of curiosity, lover of beauty, knowledge seeker, asker of questions—during his life and career in science. The book explores the timeless qualities that we cherish in Feynman. Let’s dive […]


Cargo Cult Science: Richard Feynman On Believing What Isn’t True

November 24, 2015

Richard Feynman (1918-1988) has long been one of my favorites — for both his wisdom and heart. Reproduced below you can find the entirety of his 1974 commencement address at Caltech entitled Cargo Cult Science. The entire speech requires about 10 minutes to read, which is time well invested if you ask me. If you’re pressed for […]


Richard Feynman: The Difference Between Knowing the Name of Something and Knowing Something

January 05, 2015

Richard Feynman (1918-1988), who believed that “the world is much more interesting than any one discipline,” was no ordinary genius. His explanations — on why questions, why trains stay on the tracks as they go around a curve, how we look for new laws of science, how rubber bands work, — are simple and powerful. […]