On Feynman

There were 183 of us freshmen, and a bowling ball hanging from the three-story ceiling to just above the floor. Feynman walked in and, without a word, grabbed the ball and backed against the wall with the ball touching his nose. He let go, and the ball swung slowly 60 feet across the room and back — stopping naturally just short of crushing his face. Then he took the ball again, stepped forward, and said: “I wanted to show you that I believe in what I’m going to teach you over the next two years.

As you may (or may not) now, I am a huge fan of Richard Feynman, and when times are as bad as now, I often turn to him (his books, I mean) for solace. Have you read Surely, You’re Joking Mr. Feynman lately? Well, neither have I. Time to read it again, I guess…


Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

3 comments on “On Feynman

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  2. He was a brilliant man… I first heard about him during the Atlantis shuttle disaster reports/findings… I can still picture him pulling the rubber o-ring out of the glass of ice water and shattering it… Such a clear mind!


  3. Feyman was the man. Modern bengaliz whould get a shock if he just walked by…breaking just another myth! No need for much advertised myth busters if you have Feyman around!


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