- Here is that wonderful 1979 interview of Feynman by Omni magazine.
- This is Feynman on what he knows and loves best — physics — and what he loves least, philosophy. ("Philosophers should learn to laugh at themselves. ")
- Here Feynman discusses the work that earned him the Nobel Prize, quantum electrodynamics (QED); he then goes on to cosmology, quarks, and those pesky infinities that gum up so many equations.
- I just make a quick remark about Feynman's take on philosophy.
- It pops up because his son - who has wider interests than Feynman (though Feynman says "everything is interesting if you get into it enough") - is taking a course in philosophy and is currently studying Spinoza.
- Feynman finds Spinoza laughable, not because he can't make head or tail of what he writes (as is the case with me) but because (Feynman says) his various propositions make no difference to our understanding of the world. The world would stay the same even if they were negated.
- I'm not sure Feynman is right on this, but his other point is that at the time of Spinoza, Newton and Harvey were finding out useful things about the world while Spinoza wasn't.
- I agree with this, and have no truck with "system builders". I think that philosophy has to be open to what the sciences discover, and try to fit it all together; and also to address questions that the sciences can't address.
- I should say more on this ...
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