The Richard Feynman Trilogy: The Physicist Captured in Three Films

by Travis Gertz

Richard Feynman was a brilliant, outspoken physicist and (reluctant) recipient of the Nobel Prize. There were three documentaries and one TV series from producer, Christopher Sykes, that featured Feynman from 1981 to 1993. I’ve seen couple of them so far.

On The Pleasure of Finding Things Out:

“About the program, Harry Kroto (winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry) apparently once said: ‘The 1981 Feynman [production] is the best science program I have ever seen. This is not just my opinion – it is also the opinion of many of the best scientists that I know who have seen the program. It should be mandatory viewing for all students whether they be science or arts students.’”

I saw The Pleasure of Finding Things Out last night, and a lot of what he says really resonated with me. I particularly love his disdain for honours. I have a similar attitude towards my own profession in graphic and web design. There is not a bigger, more useless, self-indulgent, narcissistic wank that I can think of than award shows for graphic design and advertising. The whole industry can be a bit of a circle jerk, but the awards really bring out how out of touch and self-important we think we are.

I highly recommend all of these. Even if you have no interest in science.

See them all at Open Culture.