The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out
Since I posted an article about the documentary Another Perfect World a couple of weeks ago, I’ve wanted to post a BBC documentary called The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out. It was made in 1981 and is an interview with Richard P. Feynman, an amazing Nobel Prize winning physicist and hugely intelligent and inspirational individual.
After watching the documentary I bought his first book, a collection of anecdotes that sort of adds up to an autobiography, called Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! (Adventures Of A Curious Character). At the risk of sounding melodramatic, this book changed my life. Not only is it filled with highly emotional stories, like how Feynman dealt with being one of the participants in the Manhattan Project (developing the atomic bomb which was used against Japan in World War II), but it’s also filled with some incredibly funny and bizzare anecdotes, like how Feynman used to play pranks on his fellow physicists and break into their filling cabinets, filled with top-secret research documents, and leave little notes for them.
Perhaps the most appealing thing about Feynman though is he views on learning and teaching. He believes strongly in learning by understanding, not by rote and his practical, logical and uncompromising views are eye opening and inspiring. After reading the book, I truly felt different and looked upon life in a different way. I’d highly recommend it.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s part one of the documentary. You can find the rest of the parts on YouTube. Enjoy!