Richard Feynman

There is so much to be said about the physicist Dr. Richard Feynman that I’m even afraid of writing anything. Quoting Wikipedia:

Renowned American physicist, he is also author of books that became world-famous like “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”, “What Do You Care What Other People Think?“, etc.., and also considered the father of nanotechnology. The first mention of some of the concepts in nanotechnology, not yet under that name, were made in one of his talks December 29, 1959, titled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, also very famous.

Between some of the distinguishing facts of Dr. Feynman, we know he was an inspiring lecturer, an amateur musician and that he helped in the development of the atomic bomb. Feynman said he was persuaded to join this effort to help make sure that Nazi Germany did not build them first.

He was one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1965 for his work on quantum electrodynamics. Apart from pure physics, Dr. Feynman also is credited with the revolutionary concept and early exploration of quantum computing.

Feynman received a bachelor’s degree from the MIT in 1939 and obtained a perfect score on the entrance exams to Princeton University in mathematics and physics and received a Ph.D. from the same university in 1942.

At school he is said to be bright, but his measured IQ was merely above average at 124, according to
Wikipedia. The “Feynman Problem Solving Algorithm“, as facetiously observed by a colleague, was:

1. write down the problem;
2. think very hard;
3. write down the answer.

And much much more to be said… a fascinating personality indeed..