What is Richard feynman: Definition and 21 Discussions

Richard Phillips Feynman (; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as his work in particle physics for which he proposed the parton model. For contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 jointly with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichirō Tomonaga.
Feynman developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions describing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world. In a 1999 poll of 130 leading physicists worldwide by the British journal Physics World, he was ranked the seventh greatest physicist of all time.He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II and became known to a wide public in the 1980s as a member of the Rogers Commission, the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Along with his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing and introducing the concept of nanotechnology. He held the Richard C. Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
Feynman was a keen popularizer of physics through both books and lectures, including a 1959 talk on top-down nanotechnology called There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom and the three-volume publication of his undergraduate lectures, The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Feynman also became known through his semi-autobiographical books Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?, and books written about him such as Tuva or Bust! by Ralph Leighton and the biography Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick.

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    I Richard Feynman: Deriving Lorentz Mass Transformation

    In section 3.8, Feynman does a derivation of the Lorentz transformation for mass starting from $$\frac{d}{dt}E=F \cdot v \hspace{1cm}(1) $$ But is this a valid starting point if you are going to show mass changes with velocity? He says (1) comes from chapter 13 of his Lectures which he...
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    Quora question: Did Richard Muller ever meet Richard Feynman?

    Great question answered by Prof Richard Muller with a joke on the one time gravity killed a man...
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    Studying About Richard Feynman lectures

    I was wondering if anyone else had trouble with reading Richard Feynman's lectures on physics. I think he's a good man and had fundamental contributions to science, but has anyone noticed that it is sometimes hard to follow what he is saying? I was reading his chapter about psuedo forces and...
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    B Multiple Histories theory by Richard Feynman

    Summary: There is some thing i did not get about Multiple History theory Summary: There is some thing i did not get about Multiple History theory I am reading big answers to the big questions from Stephan Hawking. He has mentioned very little about Multiple History theory. I could not...
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    Feynman Lectures vol.1 Chapter 4 Topic 4-2GravitationalPotentialEnergy

    Could anyone explain me in simple words what is being said in this topic from this book (great book and author btw)... i don't understand after it starts talking about perpetual motion and lifting and lowering of weights.please explain in simple words. okay someone said to add more details to my...
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    B How Fast Should I Teach Myself Algebra?

    I'm teaching myself some algebra using Paul's Online Math Notes. I've been doing very well, (I understand the concepts, and I do well on Practice/Assignment Problems) but I would like to know how long it will be until I get to Calculus I? What are the hardest concepts to grasp when learning this...
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    The Personal Life of Richard Feynman: Separating the Man from the Scientist

    Was listening to a Charlie Munger interview: At time 1:55, Charlie mentions Feynman used to sleep with wives of his undergraduate students. I never knew about this personal side of him.
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    Time reversal of gravity and Richard Feynman lecture on past and future

    My question is on the assumption that there is nothing in laws of nature that says if gravity had time reversal then nothing would appear odd. The example professor Feynman gave was a system with objects rotating due to gravitational attraction that rotated in a clockwise manner with normal...
  9. Perry

    A prank by Richard Feynman - How to"understand" physics and mathematics?

    I am not sure if this is the right part of the forums to post this, but I was reading the book Surely you're joking Mr Feynman when i reached this part: This got me thinking. How does one "understand" physics and mathematics? It's certainly more than remembering some formulas. What do you think?
  10. Greg Bernhardt

    Insights Think you know Richard Feynman? - comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new PF Insights post Think You Know Richard Feynman? Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
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    Left/Right Communication with Alien Race by Richard Feynman

    Hi all, I was thinking about the problem and can someone verify my solution : 1) Set up a Magnetic field going from down to up, i.e north pole is at the bottom. 2) Use the triboelectric series to charge some small particle positive (hair or glass with teflon) 3) Throw that particle in forward...
  12. Ahmed Abdullah

    Is there video recordings of "Feynman Lectures on physics"?

    I have the books and audios. But I have yet to find the videos. I am wondering whether they exist.
  13. Nugso

    The Meaning of 'Proportion' in Richard Feynman's Views on the Universe

    Hi everyone. I don't know if this is the right place for this thread, but I couldn't find a better one. In one of the Feynman's interviews, he says "So …altogether I can’t believe the special stories that’ve been made up about our relationship to the universe at large because they seem to...
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    Richard Feynman <3 on 'thinking'.

    At the beginning...WOW what a huge boost in confidence! "You ask me if an ordinary person studying very hard would get to be able to imagine these things as I imgaine them? Of Course! I was an ordinary person who studied hard." ^.^ <3 I am in loveeeee...
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    TED Video: Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman

    A fitting http://www.ted.com/talks/leonard_susskind_my_friend_richard_feynman.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2011-05-17&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email" by Leonard Susskind who really knew Dick Feynman. Enjoy... Rhody... :biggrin: Left me with a warm fuzzy feeling (no pun...
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    What would Richard Feynman say about Global warming?

    I wonder... Would it be something like that?
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    Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman Singing a Song

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    Who is the father of QED and where can you find his lectures and eBooks?

    Greetings all, If you are like me you have a profound respect and admiration for Richard Feynman, the father of QED. Rarely does humanity produce such a brilliant mind and with such an affable personality to boot. Below is a link where you will find several Caltech lectures, eBooks and...
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    Richard Feynman Lectures on Light

    Hey everyone, I found an AWSOME site that broadcasts science programs for free over the internet. http://www.vega.org.uk/index.php" If you go to Science Programmes > Vega Science Lectures > Richard Feynman you will find the lectures that he gave at the University of Auckland (New...
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    Richard Feynman, 1965 Physics Nobel Prize Winner

    Heres a new website dedicated to the hero of all physics geeks: Richard P. Feynman.The site features many Feynman articles like his lectures, anecdotes, jokes, stories etc.. other resources like jokes and daily news feed and others make it a good site to kill time or learn some random stuff...
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    Path integral of Richard Feynman

    Good morning, After Feynman formulation's of quantum mechanics, he expressed the propagator in function of path integral by this formula: $G(x,t;x_i,t_i)=\int\int exp{\frac{i}{\hbar}\int_{t_i}^{t}L(x,\dot{x},P)dt'}DxDp$ the question is how we can define the integral measure Dx and Dp? thanks