Richard Feynman (1918-88) was one of the most remarkable and gifted theoretical physicists of any generation. He was also known as the ‘Great Explainer’ because of his passion for helping non-scientists to imagine something of the beauty and order of the universe as he saw it.

In this series, Feynman looks at the mysterious forces that make ordinary things happen and, in doing so, answers questions about why rubber bands are stretchy, why tennis balls can’t bounce for ever and what you’re really seeing when you look in the mirror.

Richard Feynman: Fun to Imagine

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BBC First Broadcast in 1983

Category: Science, Video

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5 Responses to “Using Physics to Explain How the World Works”

  1. Frilton Miedman says:

    Interesting at around 15:00, when asked about magnetic repulsion, he could just fascinate his audience with a lecture on the four quantum forces, yet be completely uninformative – Instead, he just admits that he cannot explain magnetism with a simple physical example, makes the conscious decision not to confound his audience with his brilliance and leaves it at that.

    That specific moment outlines a big problem in most advanced professions, it’s often easier to mingle intellectual ego into standardized theoretical jargon that only serves to complicate without enlightening ….or worse, when we’re expected to simply accept those theoretical complexity as fact and it turns out later not to be fact or complete (thinking of, oh, so many economists these days)

    • victor says:

      Well put but don’t you think you’re going out on a limb when thinking of economists as belonging to advanced professions? BTW, my family is related to the Feynman’s, and no, it hasn’t rubbed off, LOL

      • If you’ve been reading what I’ve been writing about economists you know I think of them as suffering from physics penis envy and that they have nothing whatsoever to do with actual science

      • Frilton Miedman says:

        Yes BR, that’s exactly why I made the connection, Feynman’s inherent propensity to treat anything he can’t explain in common terms with honesty in regard to its theoretical nature is something desperately needed in economics, which is much more comprised of theory than empirical data.

        Lest we get into a 30 year experiment that ends in a life and death struggle between Plutocracy and Democracy, or a global crisis exacerbated by the erroneous belief that austerity is a good idea in the midst of a recession.

      • Frilton Miedman says:

        Yeah (sigh) ya got me, but there are economists who don’t fold to groupthink.

        In the example of R/R, I’d at least appreciate economist with basic math skills who rechecks their work.