Category Humanity

FEYNMAN: ‘DO NOT REMAIN NAMELESS TO YOURSELF’

When the physicist Richard Feynman asked a former student what he was up to, he received a dejected response: the former student was now working on what he felt were unimportant (‘humble’) questions. I expect many people engaged in research will find Feynman’s reply as comforting as I do: I have worked on innumerable problems […]

BENIGHTED SPECIES

From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’. – Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14. *