Mathematics and Physics #1: Richard Feynman


(Just a bit on one of the most fascinating physicists I’ve never met!)

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Although the realm of Mathematics in Physics is vast, I wanted to start a series where I talk about famous physicists whose work involved a large quantity of mathematics, starting off with Richard Feynman.

Ever since reading his semi-autobiography ‘Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!‘ I became fascinated with Feynman and his outlook on life. A charismatic man, he was a huge populariser of physics through both his books and lectures, for example, 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 was born in New York City in 1918, and studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he obtained his B.Sc. in 1939 and at Princeton University where he obtained his Ph.D in 1942. 

Feynman is most well known for his work in quantum mechanics, the theory of…

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6 thoughts on “Mathematics and Physics #1: Richard Feynman

  1. I love how he was basically a physicist hippie, explaining physics while playing the bongos :). Did you see the documentary in which they also follow him during the last period of his life? I was incredibly touched by it.

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