The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out was produced in 1981 by the BBC and PBS, and it features Richard Feynman, the charismatic, Nobel prize-winning physicist, talking in a very personal way about the joys of scientific discovery, and how he developed his enthusiasm for science. About the program, Harry Kroto (winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry) apparently said:  “The 1981 Feynman Horizon is the best science program I have ever seen. This is not just my opinion – it is also the opinion of many of the best scientists that I know who have seen the program… It should be mandatory viewing for all students whether they be science or arts students.”

The program runs about 50 minutes.


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  1. Stephen says . . . | January 2, 2009 / 10:02 pm

    The program is available as one single video on Google Video here = http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8777381378502286852

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  8. Philip Monro says . . . | November 21, 2013 / 11:04 am

    I agree this is fantastic. I am basically a dyslexic biologist who has a bent for inventions. Love teaching at all levels and in awe of this guy. Fascinating about certainty and just trying things out. On BBC children’s TV there used to a a childs programme called Morph where a person “live” is making lotss of clay people with different persionalities and moods etc. Then suddenly he would some time grab two figures make a new big one out of it and then divide the ball into two and make two new people. nI worked for some time with a very, very clever lady called TR. I drove her mad with my zig zag and disorganised experiments and she drove me mad with her APPARENT lack of vision and would keep a perfect notebook with three different colours of underlining. Once she stated on a path she kept going for in my opinion for far too long. nI always thought we need a “Morph” science director who rolled us into a single ball then dividied us into two to give TWO FANATASTIC SCIENTISTS. Sadly she died of cancer so we will never know.

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