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    The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (5 of 5)

    Kelly Neill

    by Kelly Neill

    In this fun and informative video archive of the BBC television program Horizon, we see physicist Richard Feynman's quick, sharp wit, his devotion to his work, and his unwillingness to bow to social pressure or convention. A Nobel-winning physicist, inveterate prankster, charismatic speaker, gifted teacher and musician, Feynman (1918-1988) charmed contemporary and future scientists with accounts of his colorful personal and professional adventures in the bestselling "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" and explained the fundamentals of physics in "Six Easy Pieces." He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb, expanded the understanding of quantum electrodynamics, translated Mayan hieroglyphics, and -- politics be damned -- cut to the truth behind the Challenger disaster. Feynman's work lives on in quantum physics, computer design, and nanotechnology; like any great scientist, he asked more questions than he answered, to give future generations the pleasure of finding things out.