Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius

It’s said there are two types of genius.

The ordinary kind is like the rest of us, but so much smarter. Maybe we could do what he or she does if we worked hard enough. Isn’t genius 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration? Not for the second kind of genius – the magician.

‘A magician does things that nobody else can do and that seem completely unexpected,’ said Hans Bethe, ‘and that’s Feynman.’

Awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1967 ‘for his contributions to the theory of nuclear reactions, especially his discoveries concerning the energy production in stars’, Bethe was a genius of the first kind. Here’s a BBC Horizon programme about Richard Feynman who was one of the magicians.


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