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Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

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The pleasure of finding things out filmed in 1981 and delight and inspire all who want to share some of the joy of scientific discovery. Feynman is a master storyteller and his tales – about childhood, Los Alamos, or how he won the Nobel Prize – are a vivid and entertaining insight into the mind of a great scientist at work and play.

In this candid interview Feynman affects a wide range of topics, from the beauty of the nature of particle physics. He explains things that are difficult to understand in simple terms like Carl Sagan Cosmos did in the series. His explanation of the scientific method understands what we know, we know why and most importantly, we do not know and the pleasure of imagining them out.

While the video quality is less than desirable content of this program more than compensates. Professor Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry said: “The 1981 Feynman Horizon is the best science program I have seen. This is not just my opinion – is also the opinion of many of the best scientists I know who have seen the program … You have to see compulsory for all students, whether students of science or the arts. “ 

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  1. Mogley52 says:

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  2. CDMVette says:

    Man, I love just putting videos like this on and listening to the man talk. I like the little jab at the physicists sticking together against the chemists; after all, chemistry is just a very narrow application of physics on a particular scale.

  3. 91rummy says:

    He is such a truthful person who never pretended to be nice. Some people think it is arrogance. He always keeps saying “thats what I think. That I cannot understand.” and such things. It shows that he is humble. He only talks about what he believes and many people dont see that. He does not state facts carelessly.

  4. BelieveNoGod says:

    A purpose ?It’s the most idiotic argument I ever hear.Do we have a purpose ? Does anything have a purpose ?As humans we create our purposes, and some people think they are important.Other sees it as their sole purpose to raise their children. So does animals.What other purposes are there ?Are you afraid you only are a little speck of dust ? Well, you are, we all are.

  5. “I dont know a single thing that does not have a purpose” You obviously haven’t looked very hard then. If I knock over a cup of tea and it makes a randomly-shaped puddle on the ground, what is the purpose of the puddle? Why is it in that shape and not a slightly different one? If I stand there eyeing it trying to divine some cosmic purpose out of random events, how am I any different than the charlatans who read tea-leaves or chicken entrails? The question doesn’t make sense.

  6. I love it when I watch these older documentaries like Cosmos or RIchard Feynman’s talks, that they talk about these “new things” like quarks things that are now considered to be old discoveries. I also love how he is quite modest in spite of his intelligence and reasearch he has done but in the sense that all humans should be modest when he says : my intelligence is limited.

  7. 1empathy says:

    Surely it is you that missed the point. Feynman like us is a human being and can appreciate the aesthetic beauty butl; only knowledge gained by science can allow you the appreciation of the (invisible to our naked eye) cells and molecular structure etc.

  8. met3311 says:

    I respect Richard Feynman, but I think he totally missed the point of his friend the Artist. The beauty Feynman is talking about lives in thoughts, but the beauty his friend is trying to access is pure beauty in the present moment, a beauty where the witness and the flower disappear. No amount of thinking can access that dimension, only no thinking can take you there. I had to say that, because the mind is a marvelous thing, but it isn’t everything.

  9. kendo512 says:

    Also, to add to this – Those functions didn’t come into existence to serve their particular ‘purpose’, i.e. eyes didn’t evolve because an ancient water-dwelling organism decided it would be useful to see, but rather the eye happened to grant its host a greater chance of survival, and therefore greater chance of flourishing in the gene pool.

  10. Mmm would saying they’re purpose is to survive be cancelled out by the fact everything has the potential to die? Or would surviving for the longest time possible be considered a purpose? A real question for the ages instead of that does god exists bs

  11. Tuya56 says:

    @jefkata There is no purpose in anything. What is the purpose of wind? What is the purpose of planet? What is the purpose of life? Humans can assign arbitrary purpose to various things, but in large picture, the whole thing has no unified purpose other than they just exist and things happen for cause. But there is no purpose and nothing is permanent. Humans are going to go extinct in midst of time, too. Nothing is permanent, my friend!

  12. jefkata says:

    @TheScienceFoundation Thanks. The question then becomes what is the function of the universe and to which system it is contributing by doing its function. That points to something outside this universe. Doesnt universe include everything….

  13. jefkata says:

    I disagree when he says the universe is possibly without purpose . I dont know a single thing that does not have a purpose. even the seemingly smallest and insignificant things are contributing to something ,how can the whole universe not be…..

  14. njroode says:

    I love hearing Feynman speak via youtube. Never knew he existed, or who he is, what he did. How great it is to see someone fearless of doubt and uncertainty, suspicious of uniforms. Feynman died in 1988, 12 years after I was born. This 47 minute clip inspires me to go and buy Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman.

  15. mc18601 says:

    The new era of science that is easily accessed and shared is upon us, we can now see the genius up close if only we could have seen Galileo, Plato Newton Einstein and many of the others who were ahead of their time in this medium, its a privilege to see Mr feynman on this human level unrehearsed not just a series of paragraphs on a page as interesting as they are. If human existence continues many millennia what a privilege it will be for those looking back to see the person Richard feynman

  16. dissol says:

    @noklarok It was an horrific act of inhumanity (and one that clearly troubled Feynman). But it was not the scientists who decided to use the technology, it was the politicians. The science of nuclear physics has also given us huge advances in medicine, which have also saved countless lives. No one can say if the nuking of Japan actually saved lives. If the war had dragged on, until the occupation of Japan, then how many would have died on both sides taking those islands?

  17. noklarok says:

    @dissol Obviously he cannot deny involvement ,, that would be silly. Indeed I might not even have been born if bombs had not nuked Japan. But Governments are often getting scientists to do shady things in the name of righteousness and ‘freedom.’ USA nuking Japan ensured USA as the new world number one power. Nuking Japan also helped USA gain control of Japan as a military base next to China. It did shut up those pesky Japs but it was still a horrific act of inhumanity. rest in pieces.

  18. dissol says:

    @noklarok I think (from reading his books) that he does accept that he had a part with the work he did at Los Alamos. But, as with all these things, this is multifaceted. One could argue that anyone in the Western world has benefitted from the murder of thousands. It did bring the war to a close. The threat of its use has stopped (so far) another World war. I wonder what the World would look like without that intervention?

  19. noklarok says:

    @CognitiveScienceFr it is pure paranoid speculation to say that if USSR had had the bomb first “We” might not be here,, not very scientific of you. Obviously fear was a motivation for Feynman. However to say that you have no responsibility for what you help create shows that you do not understand what responsibility means. He is, in part, responsible for the horrendous ends of many a poor jap and he accepts this gracefully in this video. You should use your cognition more.

  20. SaM3BMW says:

    Thank you very much for uploading this.As Carl Sagan very well put it, ‎”Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy. “It is my goal to learn as much as I can about this universe before I leave it. It is what truly makes me happy.

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