Feynman lectures – project Tuva

by all odds the most brilliant young physicist here, and everyone knows this

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

Talking of Feynman reminded me that I saw this project @ Microsoft research: project Tuva is based on the silverlight player. (I am not into M$s products, but it’s freely available for all platforms and for the lectures really worth installing). As a kind of “proof of principle” they put on the “Messenger Lecture Series” Feynman held in 1964@Cornell University. Recorded by the BBC, Bill Gates bought it and it was made publicly available with a lot of additional information and links (especially on the first two lectures, later on the enthusiasm of the annotators seems to fade a bit).

One of my favourite parts is the 4th lecture (on symmetry in physical law) when Feynman mentions proteins – the farsightedness just blows me away: That’s exactly what we are still at, just 50 years later. Gives a bit of perspective, doesn’t it? Below is a link to the documentary “The Quest for Tannu Tuva”, containing one of the last interviews with him –



  1. #1 by cistronic on 2011/06/01 - 23:44

    “Anything that gets us thinking about science is something to be admired, whether it comes in the form of an algorithm or an anecdote.”
    Dave Brooks in the Telegraph-article titled “Physicist still leaves some all shook up” February 5, 2003

    found via this page, which has a lot of nice material on Feynman:

  2. #2 by cistronic on 2011/06/01 - 23:45

    Anything that gets us thinking about science is something to be admired, whether it comes in the form of an algorithm or an anecdote.


  3. #3 by cistronic on 2011/06/26 - 11:14

    “The complexity, the inconceivable nature of nature”

    “It’s a complete network – ” – more inspiring sentences at

  1. Happy birthday Richard ! « cistronic

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