Who was Richard P. Feynman ?.
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To emphasize his point, he taught himself how to open (“crack”) safes, with results amusingly told in the book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
For these contributions, & for the renormalization of quantum electrodynamics, he shared the 1965 Physics Nobel Prize with Shin-Ichiro Tomonaga & Julian Schwinger. He also contributed to the theory of nuclear interactions with Murray Gell-Mann.
During his visit to Brazil, he evaluated the Brazilian educational system. He was a member of the council for evaluation of books of math & physics for the public schools of California for 2 years. He invigorated undergraduate physics education at Cal Tech, where his years of lectures were edited & collected into the 3-volume book The Feynman Lectures on Physics, which has become an inspiration for students of physics ever since. He also published a number of popularizations of physics, including QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter.
After the explosion of NASA's Space Shuttle Challenger, he was appointed by the President to the council investigating the causes of the disaster. In his usual brusque& no-nonsense style, he cut through the bureaucracy & identified the cause of disaster as the failure of an o-ring seal in the unusually cold launch-pad temperatures, even dunking a similar o-ring in a glass of ice water in front of other committee members to emphasize this.
Among the many books he wrote were those that related a number of entertaining & revealing short stories from his childhood & in his professional career. These include the already mentioned bestselling autobiographical wor
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
What Do You Care what Other People Think?
The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
andTuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey.
He also wrote several more technically oriented books, but for the non-scientist. His idea was to try to get the non-scientist to realize the beauty and the excitement of physics. Among these are:
Six Easy Pieces and Six Not So Easy Pieces.
The Safecracker Suite: Drumming and
Story Telling by Richard Feynman