October 6, 2013

Richard Feynman Explaining Rubber Bands Will Warm Your Heart

Just came across this video of the great theoretical physicist Richard P. Feynman explaining rubber bands! The video is part of BBC's Richard Feynman: Fun to Imagine Collection, a six-film series in which Feynman explains the physics present in our daily lives in a direct, easily-understood manner.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988) was an American theoretical physicist known for his work on path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics theory, particle physics, and the physics of super-fluidity of super-cooled liquid helium. For his work on quantum electrodynamics, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. He was also involved in the Manhattan Project during World War II, through which the atomic bomb was developed.

Feynman as a child was highly curious about the world around him. During his lifetime as a physicist, he gained the moniker "The Great Explainer" for taking care to explain things  in an easily-understood manner. He was also opposed to rote learning / learning by memorization. Bearing that in mind, it's extra delightful to watch him in the video explaining how rubber bands work with such good spirit.

Hope this spurs you to find out more about the man, and enjoy exploring the wonderful world of physics if you haven't yet!

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