Richard Phillips Feynman

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Richard Phillips Feynman : biography

11 May 1918 – 15 February 1988

The experiment, demonstrating on TV in live broadcast, brought Feynman glory of the man, who revealed the mystery of the catastrophe. Well, that was his aim. However, it turned out that NASA knew about the risk of starting the rocket in low temperature, but anyway, they decided to take risk. The engineers and the serving staff, who knew about the possible catastrophe, were forced to keep silent.

Feynman’s disease and death

In 1970s it turned out that Feynman had a rare form of cancer. The swelling in the stomach area was removed, but unfortunately the whole organism irreplaceably suffered. One of the kidneys refused to function. The following few operations didn’t help a lot with recovering. Feynman was going to die.

The scientist’s health gradually worsened. In 1987 they found out that there was a new swelling. It was removed again but Richard Feynman was already very weak. To make things still worse, in 1988 when the scientist was hospitalized again, doctors detected that Feynman also had ulcer. Soon the single kidney he had refused to work.

In 1985 was published a book, mounted as a collection of stories, which happened to Feynman. The book was called “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”. The following volume of the book was called “What Do You Care What Other People Think?”. That book was put to the base of film “Eternity” with featuring Matthew Broderick, Feynman’s daughter played episodic role as sister Joan (astrophysicist by profession).

Feynman’s automobile

Sometimes Richard Feynman drived to work using his personal car, but mostely it was used by his wofe Gweneth. Once, by a traffic light, she asked why there were Feynman’s diagrams on the car and she replied: “that’s because my name is Gweneth Feynman”.

After Feynman’s death, the car was sold to a friend of the family, Ralf Layton for one dollar. Selling cars by one dollar was Feynman’s usual way to get rid of old cars. The car served for long for its new owner, in 1993 he took part in a march, devoted to Richard Feynman, using that car.

Bibliography

“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman”. That was an autobiographic book, telling about Richard Feynman’s activity besides physics. The activity also included decoding of the Dresden code, experience of desensitization (putting a human into watery capsule, which “switched off” all the senses), learning Japanese language, decoding keys and many others.

“What Do You Care What Other People Think?”

“Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals”

“Statistical Mechanics — A Set of Lectures”

“Feynman Lectures on Gravitation”

“Lectures on Computation”

“Six Easy Pieces, Six Not So Easy Pieces”

“Red Book Lectures”