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April 07, 2009

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WHERE did Laura find that wonderful YOUTUBE to punctuate her article? Laura is our cultural historian/poet/popular culturalist/favorite. ALso she blogs better than I do as she at least spells her own name correctly.Whatever turned you on to Feynman, Laura? Was it from the movie?

I picked up one of his books about physics, and the first line was something like, "You aren't going to understand any of this, and that's okay." I was hooked. The more I found out about him, the more I liked him. He understood that great science begins in the ability to imagine. He also understood that science isn't the answer to everything, that poets and musicians and painters have insights to add to the human experience that are different from the kind of thing science can give us, but just as important. Also - he remained awestruck at what science showed him. He was never blase or superior or scornful. He was humble and grateful and amazed by what he learned and by his ability to learn it.

Very interesting post Laura---

Great post. Two other authors who have the same impact on me as Feynman on the subject of science enhancing rather than diminishing awe:

Richard Dawkins, Unweaving The Rainbow
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

All the best,

Jason Crane
http://thejazzsession.com
http://jasoncrane.org

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