“Study hard what interests you most, in the most undisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible.” This is one of the most famous quotes by Richard Feynman that truly describe his approach to life. Feynman was one of the most dynamic physicists to walk this planet. He showed us that if you add passion to your profession, you can do wonders.
Richard Feynman was born in 1918 in New York City. He was a late talker. Even as a child, he had a zest to innovate. Feynman was a very curious child. Even before entering college, he had taught himself infinite series, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and calculus. He had devised his own mathematical notations and had started using them at the age of 15.
Feynman also played a major role in the development of the nuclear bomb in the second world war. Together with Bethe, he developed a formula to calculate the yield of a fission bomb. But, Feynman’s greatest contribution to the scientific community is his diagrams, today known as the Feynman diagrams. Originally developed for his rough calculations, these diagrams are the backbone of particle physics. They have made particle physics elegant and easy to understand.
Richard Feynman is best known for his teaching skills. He had the ability to make things clear and easy to understand. The Feynman technique of learning is a method to understand something deeply and apply it after learning. He was an amazing science popularizer. The three volumes of the Feynman Lectures of Physics are one of the best texts on Physics.
There is a lot to learn from this great personality. Today, let us have a look at some of the best quotes by Richard Feynman that show how this genius understood life, universe, and everything.
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Best Quotes By Richard Feynman
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.
You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.
All the time you’re saying to yourself, ‘I could do that, but I won’t,’ — which is just another way of saying that you can’t
If you thought that science was certain – well, that is just an error on your part
The ‘paradox’ is only a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality ‘ought to be’.
There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers
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We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
I don’t know what’s the matter with people: they don’t learn by understanding, they learn by some other way — by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!
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I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned
It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil – which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
I… a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.
Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.
Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
Working out another system to replace Newton’s laws took a long time because phenomena at the atomic level were quite strange. One had to lose one’s common sense in order to perceive what was happening at the atomic level.