Richard Feynman Talks Physics with Fred Hoyle in Take the World From Another Point of View, 1973

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.

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  • I am glad that so many Feyn­man inter­views exist — charm­ing, intel­li­gent, enter­tain­ing.
    I wrote a review ( of his (auto)biography ‘Sure­ly You’re Jok­ing, Mr. Feyn­man’ — offers a lot of insights and is a very straight­for­ward read. I def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend read­ing it, if one has an inter­est in the his­to­ry of scence.

  • louis says:

    alot can be mea­sured from look­ing at some­thing with Mr. Feyn­man. His approach to vei­wing physics is a child­like approach, based on his rela­tion­ship to his father, and their con­ver­sa­tions about life at a time in his life when his under­stand­ing of life was sim­ple in it’s rela­tion­ship to under­stand­ing. ie if you cry you get food, But bril­liant !!!

  • Mateus Fagundes says:

    Jethro tull + Feyn­man = best video ever.

    Par­al­lel to Sagan and pink floyd at Cos­mos.

  • socratus says:

    The World from anoth­er point of view.

    Sci­ense is a reli­gion by itself.
    Becouse the God can cre­ate and gov­ern the Uni­verse
    only using phys­i­cal laws, for­mu­las, equa­tions.
    Here is the scheme of His plan.
    God : Ten Sci­en­tif­ic Com­mand­ments.
    1. Vac­u­um: T=0K, E= , p= 0, t= .
    2. Par­ti­cles: C/D=pi=3,14, R/N=k, E/M=c^2, h=0, c=0, i^2=-1, e^i(pi)= ‑1.
    3. Pho­ton: h=1, c=1, h=E/t, h=kb.
    4. Elec­tron: h*=h/2pi, E=h*f , e^2=ach* .
    5. Grav­i­ty, Star for­ma­tion: h*f = kTlogW : HeII — > HeI — > H — > …
    6. Pro­ton: ℗.
    7. The evo­lu­tion of inter­ac­tion between Photon/Electron and Pro­ton:
    a) elec­tro­mag­net­ic,
    b) nuclear,
    c) bio­log­i­cal.
    8. The Phys­i­cal Laws:
    a) Law of Con­ser­va­tion and Trans­for­ma­tion Energy/ Mass,
    b) Pauli Exclu­sion Law,
    c) Heisen­berg Uncer­tain­ty Law.
    9. Brain: Dual­ism of Con­scious­ness.
    10. Prac­tice: Para­psy­chol­o­gy. Med­i­ta­tion.
    Best wish­es.
    Israel Sadovnik Socra­tus


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