Tuesday, November 21, 2006


I know all the stories already, because I've read a lot of his books, but Richard Feynman's recollections of the way his father taught him, in this 40 minute documentary still make me feel emotional.

Feynman senior was clearly a remarkable man and it's very plain from listening to the great physicist talk that he was profoundly influenced as a child by his father's approach. Knowing the name of a bird - or its name in every human language - tells you nothing about the bird, just about people and what they call it. "Now, let's look at the bird..."

If you haven't seen it already, there are worse ways to spend 40 minutes than watching this documentary.

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