A Quote from Richard P. Feynman
... As told to and by Ralph Leighton
A Book I got ...
"RICHARD P. FEYNMAN - WHAT DO YOU CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK?" FURTHER ADVENTURES OF A CURIOUS CHARACTER * By Ralph Leighton "
"When Richard Feynman, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics, died in February 1988 after a courageous battle with cancer, the New York Times called him "the most brilliant, iconoclastic, and influential of the postwar generation of theoretical physicists." Here, in these "further adventures," a companion volume to "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!," is another healthy dose of Feynman's irreverent zest for life and an even deeper, wiser level of reminiscence. He tells us of his father, who taught him to think, and of his first wife, Arlene, who taught him to love, even as she lay dying. And Feynman takes us behind the scenes of the presidential commission investigating the space shuttle Challenger's explosion and to the dramatic moment when the cause of the disaster was revealed simply and elegantly as Feynman dropped a ring of rubber into a glass of ice water and pulled it out, misshapen."
... Aesthetics & Science Favorite Quote of mine By Richard Feynman ...
"... The Making of a Scientist
... Richard Feynman was filmed speaking of this Quote ...
... "I HAVE a friend who's an artist, and he sometimes takes a view which I don't agree with. He'll hold up a flower and say, "Look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. But then he'll say, "I, as an artist, can see how beautiful a flower is. But you, as a scientist, take it all apart and it becomes dull." I think he's kind of nutty.
... First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people --- and to me, too, I believe. Although I might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is, I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. But at the same time, I see much more in the flower than he sees. I can imagine the cells inside, which also have a beauty. There's beauty not just at the dimension of one centimeter; there's also beauty at a smaller dimension.
... There are the complicated actions of the cells, and other processes. The fact that the colors in the flower have evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; that means insects can see the colors. That adds a question: does this aesthetic sense we have also exist in lower forms of life? There are all kinds of interesting questions that come from a knowledge of science, which only adds to the excitement and mystery and awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts."
... Also as life is forming from that smaller world and dimension of the smaller universe of such cells and molecules. Where is this source at and doing to engineer our lives? Our existance? This funnel to the inner universe is as much puzzling as far out as the Universe we are in. Those infinite dimensions from inner space to our outer space universe as matter unravals itself like a spinning coil and energy. Has got to mean something to me. I hate the idea of not having more adventure with an ever lasting life for my conscienceness. Of something I would like to enjoy with these aesthetics. Knowledge to me is knowing how to capture these aesthetics and how to blend thoughts and feeling together that can make something good come out from it. Evil is what gets in the way, keeps it from happening and distroys it. I hate Evil!!!