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Did Feynman smoke?

  1. Aug 29, 2009 #1
    Not looking for much of a discussion, just a simple answer. Did Feynman smoke cigarettes?
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  3. Aug 29, 2009 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Haven't you ever read his book: Surely You're Smoking, Mr. Feynman!

    Wait, that may not be right...
  4. Aug 29, 2009 #3

    Chi Meson

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    Just a little bit, when he was cremated.
  5. Aug 31, 2009 #4
    Just... wow.
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    Feynman smoked pot, for sure. Though I haven't done any research on his tobacco-use, it is very likely that he smoked. Cigarette-smoking was very widespread when he was active in physics. I have read complaints from attendees at conferences that it could be hard to see the blackboards through the smoke if you had a seat near the back.
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    :rofl: OMG Ivan. Good thing I wasn't sipping coffee! :rofl:
  8. Aug 31, 2009 #7
    If I remember correctly, he also tried LSD once as well?
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    And LSD and other psychedelics and sensory deprivation, sometimes together. He hung out with Richard Alpert (who was an associate of Timothy Leary) who got involved in Indian mysticism and became known as Baba Ram Dass.
  10. Aug 31, 2009 #9
    I guess it pays to be a famous physicist in the 60's. Or just be alive in the 60's? :)
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    I was having some fun in the 60's. I wasn't famous nor a physicist, but staying under the radar was probably good. One of my music-buddies went to Woodstock - I had to stay home and flag traffic and grease heavy-equipment on my lunch-hours. "Saving for College" is sometimes not fun.

    BTW, I and most of the Engineering students smoked. By 1970, there was a fatalism setting in. You'd have to be of "an age" to appreciate it.
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    No, it was "What Are You Smoking, Mr. Feynman?" :biggrin:
  13. Aug 31, 2009 #12
    This picture was clearly modified. One can tell he was surely smoking.
  14. Aug 31, 2009 #13
    He smoked on the bongos.
    http://boingboing.net/2009/05/30/richard-feynman-play.html" [Broken]
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