Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lovely Interesting Discussion

Richard Feynman was a legendary thinker and teacher. The best education is personal. It's one-on-one. No pressure. Just lovely interesting discussion.

Feynman reminds me very much of my own father. Watching these videos (the first in a series of five is below) about the Pleasure of Finding Things Out brings back the same feelings I had as I listened to my dad when he was feeling good and sharing his wide and amazing view of the world.

If you want to listen in on the kind of conversation that stimulates thinking—deep, deep thinking—find 10 minutes and watch:

Be well.


steven said...

hey dan - i've read some of his thinking before. he's very insightful. i'll be banking this one for the weekend as i'm in the middle of a "stretch" with home and school commitments right now! see you. steven

Sabio Lantz said...

Among many Buddhists and New Agers there is a strong anti-rationalism and even science-leery aspect. This video is a refreshing correction to such silliness.

In keeping with Feynman may I offer the following words for "Scientist":

科學家 (Chinese)
scienziato (Italian)
científico (Spanish)
gwyddonydd (Welsh)
tudós (Hungarian)

There, now no one has learned anything important about scientists.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, you're in for a treat! I know that as a teacher you'll enjoy listening to this wonderful man.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks Sabio. Growing up in a household that held science in very very high regard I've always been puzzled by the anti-science view. Yes, science doesn't see all. Scientists are the first to say so.

Reya Mellicker said...

I'm a Feynman groupie, definitely. Not only brilliant and funny, but that dude could teach. His books are fantastic. Reading his books, I felt he was able to help me touch something that folks usually only really "get" if they know the math. What a guy!!

So your father was like this? Wow. Well. No wonder you're so good. No wonder.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Reya, thanks! Yes my dad actually was one of his contemporaries at Cal Tech. When my folks had parties it was people like this, physicists, engineers, etc. that came. I didn't know there was anything unusual about people like Feynman. To me that's how just about every adult was. It took me a long time to figure out otherwise.

Ruth said...

Dan, I'm going to have to come back to this later too. I have commencement this morning, then a busy day of errands. Tonight or tomorrow, after Mother's Day celebrations . . .

I have been so touched by the series of videos from the Japanese school, that I trust you to share what is truly enriching. I did not know about Feynman. How have I missed so many stellar thinkers?

By the way, I have answered your question about my poem the best I can . . . :-)

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Richard Feynman has been a great inspiration to me ever since I read his book "Surely, You're Joking Mr. Feynman". I recommend that book as a delightful and illuminating introduction to this irreplaceable, towering figure of our time.

Dan Gurney said...

Lorenzo, thank you for the tip. I haven't read this book. I'll put it on my summer reading list!