From the BBC archive comes a fascinating film in which Richard Feynman describes his way of seeing nature. As shown by Feynman, understanding heat, fire, electrical current, etc, in terms of elementary particles is unifying, and therefore satisfying.
In my experience (not at all current), such an approach was never taught to students. A full understanding of physics should unify mechanics (including continuum mechanics), electromagnetism, thermodynamics, optics, and acoustics, using insights from particle physics.
Here appear occasional jottings of my random musings. Profound or jejune, they reveal the contours of my mental universe, with world history, intellectual history, civilizations, philosophy, religion, society, knowledge, and books as some major themes. Since May 2011, this blog has been exclusively focused on Singapore. All my other reflections are now posted in "Notes from Noosphere" (see link under "Miscellany" on the right margin).
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Richard Feynman's excellent way of seeing nature
Posted by Helluo Librorum at 11:42 PM
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