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The World’s Most Lyrical Footnote: Physicist Richard Feynman on the Life-Expanding Common Ground Between the Scientific and the Poetic Worldviews
The World’s Most Lyrical Footnote: Physicist Richard Feynman on the Life-Expanding Common Ground Between the Scientific and the Poetic Worldviews

“What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?”

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The Source of Richard Feynman’s Genius
The Source of Richard Feynman’s Genius

How the precious scarcity of knowledge imbued one of humanity’s most beloved minds with “the pleasure of finding things out.”

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Richard Feynman on How His Father Taught Him about What Is Most Important
Richard Feynman on How His Father Taught Him about What Is Most Important

How to plant the seed for the lifelong pleasure of finding things out.

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The Universe in a Glass of Wine: Richard Feynman on How Everything Connects, Animated
The Universe in a Glass of Wine: Richard Feynman on How Everything Connects, Animated

The Great Explainer reminds us that our divisions of life are artificial and arbitrary.

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Richard Feynman on the Meaning of Life
Richard Feynman on the Meaning of Life

The elusive art of finding the open channel.

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Love After Life: Nobel-Winning Physicist Richard Feynman’s Extraordinary Letter to His Departed Wife
Love After Life: Nobel-Winning Physicist Richard Feynman’s Extraordinary Letter to His Departed Wife

Where the hard edge of physics meets the vulnerable metaphysics of the human heart.

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Richard Feynman on Science vs. Religion and Why Uncertainty Is Central to Morality
Richard Feynman on Science vs. Religion and Why Uncertainty Is Central to Morality

“It is impossible to find an answer which someday will not be found to be wrong.”

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The Miraculous in the Mundane: Richard Feynman Explains How Rubber Bands Work
The Miraculous in the Mundane: Richard Feynman Explains How Rubber Bands Work

“The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things, if you look at it right.”

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The Beautiful and Frightening Experience of How Science Is Done: Richard Feynman’s Letter to James Watson about <em>The Double Helix</em>
The Beautiful and Frightening Experience of How Science Is Done: Richard Feynman’s Letter to James Watson about The Double Helix

A manifesto for messiness and the value of the subjective in the advancement of knowledge.

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10 Famous Creators’ Secret Obsessions and Little-Known Talents
10 Famous Creators’ Secret Obsessions and Little-Known Talents

Feynman’s sketches, Monroe’s poetry, Plath’s drawings, Magritte’s album art, and more.

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