Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman Quiz: Think You Know Richard Feynman?

Richard Feynman is one of the most popular and highly regarded physicists of all time. You think you may know him, but do you? Let’s find out by taking this quiz!

Richard P. Feynman

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1. Feynman loved travelling to

 
 
 
 

2. Besides science, Feynman had a passion for

 
 
 
 

3. Feynman had a minor role in a movie called Anti-Clock where he played a

 
 
 
 

4. Feynman had a younger sister who’s name was

 
 
 
 

5. Feynman said he had the condition

 
 
 
 

6. Feynman had a ____ decorated in his famous diagrams

 
 
 
 

7. Who was his doctoral advisor

 
 
 
 

8. His IQ was estimated at

 
 
 
 

9. While bored working at Los Alamos he would

 
 
 
 

10. During his Challenger disaster invesigation NASA claimed there was a 1 in 100,000 chance of a catastrophic failure. Richard found out it was closer to

 
 
 
 

11. Which school did Richard teach at before he chose Caltech?

 
 
 
 

12. In which year did Richard Feynman win the Nobel Prize in Physics?

 
 
 
 

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  1. StatGuy2000 says:

    10 out of 12 for this test — I got the question about his favourite place to travel wrong which I should have answered right (Mexico, instead of Brazil). Ouch! :eek:

  2. Greg Bernhardt says:

    [QUOTE=”Fredrik, post: 5099629, member: 14944″]8.

    I read his autobiographies a long time ago, so I knew a few things, e.g that he was a painter. But the questions were very difficult. It’s not that easy to know the exact year he won the Nobel (I actually guessed that one right), or that probability that he estimated. It would probably have been better to ask what he got the price for, or who he shared it with, and to ask what investigation he was involved in.[/QUOTE]
    Too easy :)

  3. zoobyshoe says:

    10/12

    #2 needs to be changed to “drawing”. And I’ll need a citation for #5. I know that Richard Cytowic thinks Feynman had synesthesia, but I don’t believe Feynman, himself, made any such claim.

  4. mheslep says:

    8/12

    I’ve read Gleick’s [I]Genius [/I]and [I]Surely You Must Be Joking …
    [/I]
    These covered family (Joan), Wheeler, Manhattan and locks, Cornell, Brazil, painting, FD’s on the van. Couldn’t quite recalll IQ, off by 5. Knew Challenger failure odds were low, but thought 1:100. Never read about the synaesthesia, and couldn’t be bothered to look up the exact year for QED.

  5. Greg Bernhardt says:

    [QUOTE=”Raghav Gupta, post: 5099056, member: 536139″]No option is coming correct for question 5.
    I’ve tried the quiz 4 times for seeing the correct answer.[/QUOTE]
    Fixed, thanks

  6. Raghav Gupta says:

    [QUOTE=”Greg Bernhardt, post: 5099046, member: 1″]He doesn’t quite reach the level of pop sci fame that Einstein does.[/QUOTE]
    That’s true.

  7. Raghav Gupta says:

    [QUOTE=”Greg Bernhardt, post: 5099023, member: 1″]Post your scores :)[/QUOTE]
    I got 4 and failed:smile:.
    By the way I don’t know about him as he is not talked about in high school as Einstein is talked about.
    Just took the quiz for seeing my luck.
    2 answers I knew, other were guesses.

    There is error in question 5 of “what condition he had”
    It’s showing the wrong answer that I have chosen but not the correct one.

  8. fireflies says:

    Well, I just know his name. I havent read so much about scientists. So, all the questions I left unanswered. But the comment says I must read about him :)

  9. RaulTheUCSCSlug says:

    I did completely terrible, (as I thought I would) but did enjoy learning some new facts about the Dick himself! I also remember hearing that he was very fond of strippers. And enjoyed learning new facts about the legend himself. 5/12

  10. muscaria says:

    10/12 guessed the 1/200 given I knew his IQ test was 125 and they were gonna be mutually exclusive middle answers.. really thought it'd be barber though given it was kind of the odd one out

  11. Fredrik says:

    8.I read his autobiographies a long time ago, so I knew a few things, e.g that he was a painter. But the questions were very difficult. It's not that easy to know the exact year he won the Nobel (I actually guessed that one right), or that probability that he estimated. It would probably have been better to ask what he got the price for, or who he shared it with, and to ask what investigation he was involved in.

  12. nitsuj says:

    6, all guesses except picking locks, I've only read a bit of him, but seen a fair bit of video / lectures, and yea he is great! I really enjoyed his take on the discovery inquiry, as sincere as he is bright i guess. hmmm…makes me wonder if there are Einstein lecture videos?

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