Chemistry is physics without intelligence. Mathematics is physics without passion.
化学とは知性を欠いた物理学だ。数学とは情熱を欠いた物理学だ。- リチャード・Ｐ・ファインマンRichard Feynman
Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don't think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn't stop you from doing anything at all.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:823) - Richard Feynman
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:614) - Richard Feynman science
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:762) - Richard Feynman
What I am going to tell you about is what we teach our physics students in the third or fourth year of graduate school... It is my task to convince you not to turn away because you don't understand it. You see my physics students don't understand it... That is because I don't understand it. Nobody does.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:686) - Richard Feynman QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter science physics
I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:652) - Richard Feynman
I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:816) - Richard Feynman science understand knowledge
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:747) - Richard Feynman
Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:599) - Richard Feynman
We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-19 (visit:705) - Richard Feynman science
Richard Phillips Feynman ( /ˈfaɪnmən/; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world. In a 1999 poll of 130 leading physicists worldwide by the British journal Physics World he was ranked as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time.
He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was a member of the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing, and introducing the concept of nanotechnology. He held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
Feynman was a keen popularizer of physics through both books and lectures, notably a 1959 talk on top-down nanotechnology called, There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, and the three volume publication of his undergraduate lectures, The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Feynman also became known through his semi-autobiographical books, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?, and books written about him, such as Tuva or Bust!.
He also had a deep interest in biology, and was a friend of the geneticist and microbiologist, Esther Lederberg, who developed replica plating and discovered bacteriophage lambda. They had several mutual physicist friends who, after beginning their careers in nuclear research, moved into genetics, among them Max Delbrück and Aaron Novick.