All trace of sadness forgotten, I bet I can show you a better way home.
– Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, 1918-1988.
This is a quote taken from an article http://longnow.org/essays/richard-feynman-connection-machine/ . For every physicist and undergraduate student taking the subject physics, no one would not know Richard Feynman, not only he was excellent in his scientific research, but he was just absolutely an unconventional person. He enjoyed science like no one else. When I read his books, and see the video of his interviews, he explained science like telling a story. Most importantly, I never see any scientist, or even anyone, to speak in such a joyful manner, like a child explaining to his parents what he did, not the other way round. Another description that moved me in the article is:
‘Actually, I doubt that it was “progress” that most interested Richard. He was always searching for patterns, for connections, for a new way of looking at something, but I suspect his motivation was not so much to understand the world as it was to find new ideas to explain. The act of discovery was not complete for him until he had taught it to someone else.’
One of the books that has profound influence on me is the biography written by James Gleick on Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman. The thing that fascinated me most is his personal character on making things simple for everyone to understand. This is the principle I adopted for myself throughout my life.
2013 May 26