The famous American physicist Richard Feynman used to take holidays in England. His third wife, Gweneth Howarth, was a native of West Yorkshire, so every year the Feynman family would visit her hometown of Ripponden or the nearby hamlet of Mill Bank.
In 1973 Yorkshire public television made a short film of the Nobel laureate while he was there. The resulting film, Take the World From Another Point of View, was broadcast in America as part of the PBS Nova series. The documentary features a fascinating interview, but what sets it apart from other films on Feynman is the inclusion of a lively conversation he had with the eminent British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle.
A native Yorkshireman, Hoyle did groundbreaking theoretical work on the synthesis of elements in stars and was a leading proponent of the Steady State theory of cosmology. In the film, the British astrophysicist and the American particle physicist walk down to the local pub, Ripponden’s historic Old Bridge Inn, for a lively conversation on physics and the nature of scientific discovery. You can read along with a transcript of the film at the Caltech Web site. Take the World From Another Point of View has a running time of less than 37 minutes, and will be added to our list of Free Movies Online.