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Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman!

By 6 October 2021February 25th, 2024Inspiration

If you want to make enlightening discoveries in physics and be amazed by an original view on science, there’s no better place to go than to read Richard Feynman’s books. Start with the short ones, such as “Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman!”, and then read the whole series of Feynman Lectures on Physics. This is serious stuff. We bet you won’t regret it. By the way, we have a short story to tell you: our good friend and senior geodesy researcher at CNES Georges Balmino, a historic national figure on the topic (retired now, but still lightning sharp and kicking) once had breakfast with Feynman at the Caltech Athenaeum. Can you believe this? He also has stories from visiting the space installations of the USSR during the Cold War. We should ask him to do a conference at Stellar and tell us all about it, that would be fascinating! He’s also a master photographer of planets with his large telescope. Meanwhile, get started with Feynman. If you want to be shocked, read about the diffraction of electrons. Not photons. Electrons. There is no way you can escape the diffraction of electrons without repeating the title of the book to yourself all day long: “Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman!”

Diffraction of electrons