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Watch Feynman July 16, 2009

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Microsoft Research just posted the Cornell Messenger Series of lectures by Feynman. He is excellent. I’d never seen him speak before this – his wry wit – many of the jokes he uses to teach seem rather too fitting given today’s world. I’ve not finished watching them yet – but they are just too good to pass up. The first lecture seems to be fairly general – he is talking about what a physical law is and what it means – so I suspect anyone interested in science would be able to get something out of these.

The site is called Project Tuva. It will require some time. :-) And for the places that the audio isn’t totally clear they have a transcript that runs underneath the video. Spotted on the science feed of the Register.

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1. Lisa Smith - July 16, 2009

My engineering physics teacher in high school worshipped Feynman, and I remember watching some documentaries about him back in the day. Ever since then, Tuvan throat singing always makes me think of Richard Feynman, or vice-versa…

2. gordonwatts - July 17, 2009

Before I saw this I never understood the connection between Tuva and Feynman. But that is a good association. His comments right at the top of the first lecture: (paraphrasing): “Funny how when drummers introduce me they never mention I’m a theoretical physicist as well, but when a physicist introduces me they always mention I’m a drummer too”. A nice connection to have.

3. Lisa Smith - July 17, 2009

I’m not sure what all this video covers, but Feynman actually traveled to Tuva and participated in the singing rituals and technique, if I recall. So he was musical on many levels!

4. gordonwatts - July 17, 2009

These are lectures he gave, from much earlier in his life. I thought he never made it there – it was oen of the things he wanted to do when cancer took him down…

5. Lisa Smith - July 17, 2009

You’re right, my memory was warped. I think in one of the films I saw, the footage of Tuva was so interwoven with Feynman’s passionate commentary on the place that I remembered him as having been there. :-) (I was also struck with seeing/hearing the throat singing for the first time – it is very strange indeed.)


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