The Great Explainer
Richard Feynman was a relatable and down-to-earth person who greatly improved our existence through his work. Pedagogy was his specialty but he was no pedagogue. He had the most extraordinary ability to communicate science and enthusiasm to audiences at all levels. When he spoke, he spoke to you and not at you, helping you see what you could not see just a moment ago.
One of the ways in which he impacted my life was through his groundbreaking work creating immersive learning experiences back in the 1960’s. The ever increasing breadth and depth of knowledge requires that we embrace new ways of learning to keep up. Those seminal lectures he delivered at Caltech and Cornell set the benchmark for learning experience and started a revolution.
Richard was a renaissance man and lived a rich and fulfilling life. Though he, like most of us, struggled with personal and relationship problems, he never let it stop him. In every aspect of his life, he never took failure as a final defeat, exploring every possible avenue on the road to success. Such defiance and endeavor made him one of the most celebrated scientists of the last century.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta