Richard Feynman

How Google's Quantum Computer Could Change the World

Hartmut Neven believes in parallel universes. On a recent morning outside Google’s Los Angeles office, the 53-year-old computer scientist was …

Quantum Mechanics

The long road to the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics

The road to the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics, awarded for the discovery of gravitational waves produced by colliding pairs of black holes, was long …

Physics

What Is Synesthesia?

Synesthesia is a neurological condition that causes the brain to process data in the form of several senses at once. For example, a person with …

The Brain

Love After Life: Nobel-Winning Physicist Richard Feynman’s Extraordinary Letter to His Departed Wife

Where the hard edge of physics meets the vulnerable metaphysics of the human heart.<p>Few people have enchanted the popular imagination with science more powerfully and lastingly than physicist <b>Richard Feynman</b> (May 11, 1918–February 15, 1988) — the “Great Explainer” with the uncommon gift for bridging …

Feynman’s Breakthrough, Disregard Others!

Feynman (just off centre) at Wangerooge in 1987I started my career as a theoretical physicist, and in the late-80s I co-organised a specialist …

Neurophilosophy

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next image<p>The class which entered Caltech in September of 1976 first encountered Richard Feynman at Freshman Camp, an orientation program for …

The Sweat Science Manifesto

If you’re as old as I am, you might remember a mid-1990s commercial in which a smug jock challenges Jason Alexander to back up his claims of pretzel-fueled physical prowess: “Prove it, pretzel boy!” Alexander proceeds to shimmy up a rope, win a wrestling match, and execute a dazzling gymnastics …

Amazing

The Big Bang Theory and the Death of SUSY | Not Even Wrong

If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, perhaps you’ve seen the latest episode, <i>The Retraction Reaction</i>. If not, you might be interested in the …

Higgs Boson

The Big Bang Theory recap: 'The Retraction Reaction'

We gave it a <b>B+</b><p>When Ira Flatow invites you his NPR studio to discuss funding for the Caltech physics department, you agree, prepare extensive notes, …

TV

Books You Should Read: Feynman’s Appendix to the Challenger Disaster Report

It isn’t really a book, but Richard Feynman’s <i>Appendix to the Challenger Disaster Report</i> is still definitely something you should read. It’s not …

The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality

Overview<p>The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality by Paul Halpern<p><b>The story of the unlikely</b> …

How Can We Know What is True? And What Is BS? Tips from Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman & Michael Shermer

Science denialism may be a deeply entrenched and enormously damaging political phenomenon. But it is not a wholly practical one, or we would see many …

Culture

A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

Learning

More Good Programming Quotes, Part 2

A good programming quote captures an insight about programming, often in a funny way. Many quotes are quite famous, but I like ones that are a bit …

Programming

Back to physics: a reading list

Back to university means picking out the best textbooks to use for your studies. If you’re just starting out in your first year of studies or are …

Physics

What Do Scientists and Philosophers Say About LSD? Here's 4 Great Minds on Acid

Today, the world is enjoying a bit of a psychedelic renaissance. The phenomenon of micro dosing, in which a fraction of a hit of LSD is taken to gain …

British Philosophy

Transforming Machine Learning and Optimization through Quantum Computing

Overview<p>In 1982, Richard Feynman first proposed using a “quantum computer” to simulate physical systems with exponential speed over conventional …

Machine Learning

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 …

Psychology

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 …

Physics

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> …

Learning

Atomic Legoland: How to build wonder stuff from the atom up

Miracle materials that would supercharge clean energy are on the cards now we can play with individual atoms. We just need to work out how to arrange …

Chemistry

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 …

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

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

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 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> …

Machine Learning

Learning From the Feynman Technique

They called Feynman the “Great Explainer.”Richard Feynman (1918–1988), an author, graphic novel hero, intellectual, philosopher, physicist, and <i>No</i> …

Physics