We’re beaming you back to 1964. Richard Feynman, our favorite Bongo-playing, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, reduces science to the barest essentials, to its most fundamental truth. If a theory doesn’t square with experiment, it’s wrong. That holds true for clever theories, elegant theories, and all of the rest.
This clip is just a small outtake from a seven-part lecture series that Feyman presented at Cornell in 1964, and the lectures are all now freely available on the web thanks to Bill Gates. You can watch the full series on our site, or on a Miscrosoft site, but be warned: if you choose the latter, you’ll need to download Microsoft’s Silverlight software to watch the lectures.
Feynman fans will also want to see this other open project: The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Now Completely Online.
Dan Colman is the founder/editor of Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn and share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox.