Richard Feynman

Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories – And How to Change Their Minds

Spoiler: don't use facts!<p>I'm sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they …

Conspiracies

Atomic assembly lines are a small victory for chemists

“HE MIXES this and that, and he shakes it, and he fiddles around”: Richard Feynman’s description of a chemist in his famous 1959 talk entitled …

Chemistry

And it looks like a multi-dimensional palace of light.

Quantum Confusion<p>In the 1980s, the US was constructing the Texas Superconducting Super Collider. It was designed to collide protons together so that …

The Future

Weekend Watch: Teenager Documents His Projects on “Make With Miles”

In one of my recent Tips of the Week columns, I talked about the Feynman Technique for learning. This is when you faux teach yourself what you’re learning (write it down, lecture it out loud) to help reinforce your understanding (and to reveal any holes in your knowledge).<p>Putting together <i>YouTube</i> …

How Quantum Physics Explains the Invisible Universe

Quantum physics is the study of the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, nuclear, and even smaller microscopic levels. In the …

Quantum Mechanics

Want to Be Emotionally Compromised? Here’s Oscar Isaac Reading Richard Feynman’s Letter to His Late Wife

Richard Feynman was a Nobel Prize recipient and one of the best-known physicists of his generation—he worked on the atomic bomb in the ’40s and later …

Love

Meeting and working with Richard Feynman at Los Alamos

Silvan Sam Schweber is the Koret Professor of the History of Ideas and Professor of Physics at Brandeis University, and a Faculty Associate in the …

Physics

Go 2.0 for Teaching

<b>Carl Kingsford and Phillip Compeau</b><p>In the Computational Biology Department in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, we have piloted using …

Programming

The Best Bookstore in Every State

Alaska<p><b>Title Wave Books, Anchorage</b><p>Title Wave Books always has the books customers want, because customers supply them themselves. The vast majority of …

Writer's Block

When Wisecracks and Puns Are Symptoms of Brain Damage

You know a person who just simply cannot, under any circumstances, leave a "that's what she said" joke just hanging in the air, unsaid? Or maybe you …

The Brain

The Feynman Technique and Cognitive Intuition

Richard Feynman (aka “The Great Explainer”) has a learning technique that is attributed to him. The Feynman technique proceeds as follows:<p><b>Pick and</b> …

Mathematics

Does 'Detroit' Risk a Lawsuit From Real-Life Cops?

Names of the police officers at the center of the infamous 1967 Algiers Motel brutality have been changed, but the new film raises several legal …

Kathryn Bigelow

Favorite Books: What Book Impacted Your Understanding of God?

I’m always on the lookout for new books on a variety of topics. However, some of my favorite books were published decades (or centuries) ago. They …

Faith

How to Be a “Great Student” and Learn Absolutely Nothing At All

If I wanted to find the smartest kids on the planet, where would I look?<p>Many people, I bet, would suggest the IPO — the International Physics …

Education

Watch Richard Feynman in Conversation, 1973 | Mental Floss

In 1973, physicist and master explainer Richard Feynman visited England on vacation. At the time he was a physics professor at CalTech, and his …

The geometry that could reveal the true nature of space-time

FOR years after the physicist Richard Feynman died, his 1970s yellow-and-tan Dodge minivan lay rusting in a garage near Pasadena, California. When it …

Physics

Tips of the Week: Cutting Resin with Microbeads, Herringbone CNC Tape, Hiring a Machine Shop

<i>Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve come across in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments</i> …

Dawkins sees off Darwin in vote for most influential science book

A public poll to mark 30 years of the Royal Society book prizes sees The Selfish Gene declared the most significant – with women authors left on the margins<p>Debates about the most influential science book of all time habitually settle into a face-off between Darwin’s Origin of Species and Newton’s …

Books

Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Why,’ About the Science of Curiosity

The physicist Richard Feynman once wrote of the universe’s vastness: “It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined!” In his new book, “Why? What Makes Us Curious,” the astrophysicist and best-selling author …

Creativity

Our Brexit-backing politicians are making fools of us

The great physicist Richard Feynman warned of the perpetual torment that lies in wait for people who try to understand quantum mechanics. Modern physics cannot be understood. It can only be observed. ‘I am going to tell you what nature behaves like,’ Feynman said. ‘Do not keep saying to yourself, …

Brexit

If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it

In the early 1960s, Richard Feynman gave a series of undergraduate lectures that were collected into a book called the Feynman Lectures on Physics. …

Machines Won’t Take Over CX…But A Few AI Titans Might

Lately, if you’re like me and enjoy following the AI CX narrative (even if just for grins & giggles), you’re inevitably sucked into philosophical …

Intelligence

Christianity’s Unbroken Record of Failure

Christianity makes big claims. When you actually look for evidence for these claims, however, you come up empty.

Large Hadron Collider

Descrying the World of Physics

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>While physics has had tremendous successes it is still an open question whether there is fundamental ontology and laws</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship Of The Small Minority

A chapter from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Skin in the Game’.

Religion

Why Is the Universe Comprehensible?

Why is the universe comprehensible? A primate doesn’t need to be able to understand calculus or quantum physics—and yet we can. Is this evidence of …

Space Science

Who needs hard drives? Scientists store film clip in DNA

In a first, researchers converted a movie into a DNA sequence and inserted it into bacteria. They hope to someday use the technology to record cell …

DNA

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who was trying to learn whether horses in motion ever become truly airborne.<p>More than a century later, that clip has rejoined the cutting edge. It is now the first …

DNA

Witness gravity’s quantum side in the lab

Physicists should rethink interference experiments to reveal whether or not general relativity follows classical theory, argue Chiara Marletto and …

Physics

A quarter century ago, the qubit was born

John Archibald Wheeler was fond of clever phrases.He made the term “black hole” famous in the 1960s. He also coined the now-familiar “wormhole” and …

Quantum Mechanics