Without looking it up, are you familiar with Richard Feynman?
Often, at my job, I get made fun of for explaining things in simple terms. It’s really hard!
Many.....he’s rather nerdy lol
I can relate
What a great story!! Feynman always knew just what to say. I wish I had even a shadow of his ability to inspire others. He was, and always will be, the world’s greatest teacher of science.
How the heck did I miss *this* poll? Oh, I know... I was on a 10-day trip at the time it was posted, and was barely on SOH at all. Even so, I looked back through your poll list the other day (and commented on some of them), but I guess I didn’t go back that far.
Heck yes I know who Richard Fenyman is. When I was a college freshman (1964-65) I had a pretty high-powered physics course. In addition to a good but standard physics text, we had Fenyman’s Lectures, Vol. 1, as a supplementary text. I can still remember enjoying his writing very much - probably the first textbook I could say that about. (Not the last, though, fortunately.) I remember one passage where he was describing the universe in a glass of wine, which he ended by saying something like, “Oh heck, just drink it!”
Over subsequent years I think I read everything he wrote - for the layperson, that is. Not other textbooks or scientific papers. Enjoyed them all.
A couple decades later (1988, I think) I was taking a college chemistry course when Feynman died. My professor (a great guy whom I liked a lot) said, “When a famous scientist dies, students get to write a paper about them and the work they did.” He said he’d give us a score of 1 to 10, not much to add to our grade so not a big deal if you bombed it.
He gave me a 25. I really couldn’t shut up about my appreciation of Feynman.
Of course yes. "If you cannot explain something in simple terms, you don't understand it." And many others, equally as astute.
My dad is a physicist, so yes.
Ah. If your dad is a physicist then you probably heard Feynman quotes every day!