Leonard Susskind, Father of String Theory, Warmly Remembers His Friend, Richard Feynman

Leonard Susskind — he’s the father of String Theory, someone who won the black hole wars with Stephen Hawking, and a Stanford professor who likes to bring physics to the broader public. (Find his 6-course introduction to Modern Theoretical Physics in the Physics section of our collection of Free Online Courses.) Last year, Susskind headed to CalTech to talk about Richard Feynman. Of course, he’s the late, great physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his work on Quantum Electrodynamics (find his public lectures on that here). He also shared Susskind’s enthusiasm for popularizing science, creating memorable shows like Fun to Imagine, a television series for the BBC, and The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. In this warm talk, Susskind remembers his mentor and friend, a complex person few got to know very well. Feynman was many things — a great scientist, a showman, a philosopher, drummer, teacher, a bit of an egotist who could co-exist with other big egos, and much more. When you’re done with Susskind’s talk, don’t miss these very related items:

The Richard Feynman Trilogy: The Physicist Captured in Three Films

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  1. ys says . . . | May 27, 2012 / 4:20 am

    Life without baloney sandwichs is not worth living.

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