Richard Feynman and the Beautiful Pursuit of Knowledge
By: Andrew Cary
Like seeing the increasingly beautiful details in the science of a flower, the further you look into Dr. Richard Feynman's life, the more inspiration emerges.
The scientist who helped figure out the cause of the shuttle Challenger's destruction had spent a lifetime tackling even larger mysteries, and his main contribution wasn't just solving them, but teaching a love for the pursuit of knowledge with an eccentric discipline.
You'll see for yourself in our upcoming documentary "Feynman: The Challenger," airing Monday at 10pm on Science. It follows the life and challenging times that formed him into the larger than life character that William Hurt portrays in, "The Challenger Disaster," encoring immediately before it.
In the meantime, here's some of the beauty that others have seen by looking deeply into Feynman's genius:
Feynman diagrams starting at 1:00!:
Finally, we'll leave you with one of our favorite quotes:
“Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don't think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn't stop you from doing anything at all.”
- Richard P. Feynman