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The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things…

Feynman (center) with Robert Oppenheimer (righ...

Richard Feynman (center) with Robert Oppenheimer (right) relaxing at a Los Alamos social function during the Manhattan Project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of one of the great scientific communicators, Richard Feynman. The ability to translate difficult concepts into easily understandable (and entertaining) language is a rare gift. That rarity is why we so treasure the likes of Feynman or Carl Sagan.

Caltech has recently given the world the gift of a nicely-rendered, free online version of Volume 1 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Volumes 2 and 3 are in preparation and some background on how this came about can be found here).

The BBC has also made available the Richard Feynman: Fun to Imagine collection of videos, showing “The Great Explainer” joyously describing the mysterious forces that make ordinary things happen. For a brief taste, here’s Feynman explaining how rubber bands work.

About David Crotty

I am the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. I oversee journal policy and contribute to strategy across OUP’s journals program, drive technological innovation, serve as an information officer, and manage a suite of research society-owned journals. I was previously an Executive Editor with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, creating and editing new science books and journals, and was the Editor in Chief for Cold Spring Harbor Protocols. I received my Ph.D. in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing. I have been elected to the STM Association Board and serve on the interim Board of Directors for CHOR Inc., a not-for-profit public-private partnership to increase public access to research.


4 thoughts on “The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things…

  1. David,

    Thanks for the post. One small correction: You write that “Caltech has recently given the world the gift of a nicely-rendered, free online version of Volume 1 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics.” In fact that gift was given by myself, Rudolf Pfeiffer and Caltech, who jointly hold copyright (and economic interest) in The Feynman Lectures on Physics New Millennium Edition, from which the free online version is derived. It was, in fact, my idea to do this in the first place, and convincing Caltech and Basic Books (who holds distribution rights under license to us) to give away FLP like this was no mean feat. So, you’re welcome.

    Mike Gottlieb
    Editor, The Feynman Lectures on Physics

    Posted by Michael Gottlieb | Sep 28, 2013, 6:16 am
    • Thanks for the further information. For those interested, there’s a link in the post above to a blog posting that details how this came about.

      Posted by David Crotty | Sep 28, 2013, 7:13 am


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