Item Details

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was an outstanding scientist, Nobel laureate, and legendary teacher. A graduate of M.I.T. with a doctorate from Princeton University, Dr. Feynman soon acquired a reputation as a theoretical physicist and sought-after lecturer in leading universities. During World War II he worked on the development of the atomic bomb and became head of the theoretical division at Los Alamos. In this program, he talks about his lifelong obsession with finding out how the world works-a passion for knowledge and understanding that began on childhood walks with his father. He was a remarkable man who speaks about science and scientists with a rare degree of honesty, insight, humor, and irreverence.
Release Date
1981
Run Time
50 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
9 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 06, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Contents
  • In Awe of a Flower (1:26)
  • Feynman's "One-Sided" Life's Work (1:46)
  • Feynman's Father's Unique Ways of Teaching (3:31)
  • Early Lessons in Physics: Naming v. Knowing (1:56)
  • The Myth of "Algebra" (1:24)
  • Discovering Father's Limitations (1:25)
  • Learning to Challenge Human Hierarchy (1:12)
  • Attempting to Teach the Teacher (2:03)
  • Working on the Atomic Bomb (3:21)
  • Post-War Depression & Fatalism (1:36)
  • For the Fun of It: Quantum Electrodynamics (3:05)
  • Nobel Prize & Fundamental Dislike of Awards (3:46)
  • Physics & the Rules of Chess (3:05)
  • Mathematics: Essence of Physics (1:26)
  • Understanding Subatomic Particles (4:27)
  • Feynman's Problem: How to Test His Theory (2:15)
  • "Active Irresponsibility" (1:37)
  • No Right Way to Teach, No One Way to Learn (2:56)
  • Critique of Pseudoscience (1:57)
  • Scientific Purpose: Investigation & Discovery (2:15)
  • Doubt Without Fear (1:56)
  • Credits: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (0:39)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1981.
Publisher no.
48775 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (50 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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