Richard Feynman: Fun to Imagine
Using physics to explain how the world works
Richard Feynman (1918-88) was one of the most remarkable and gifted theoretical physicists of any generation. He was also known as the ‘Great Explainer’ because of his passion for helping non-scientists to imagine something of the beauty and order of the universe as he saw it.
In this series, Feynman looks at the mysterious forces that make ordinary things happen and, in doing so, answers questions about why rubber bands are stretchy, why tennis balls can’t bounce for ever and what you’re really seeing when you look in the mirror.
- Jiggling Atoms
‘I get a kick out of thinking about these things.’
- Stretching, Pulling and Pushing
Why rubber bands stretch and why magnets are magnetic.
- How to Enjoy a Trip to the Dentist
The mystery of magnetic and electrical forces.
- How Mirrors Turn You Inside Out
Richard Feynman discusses the ‘psychology’ of mirrors.
- Big Numbers
Richard Feynman talks about the role of imagination in astronomy.
- Ways of Thinking
Feynman ponders the process of thinking.