Finding Feynman..

This is wonderful thoughts & poem on science & philosophy by Physicist Richard Feynman, form his book “Classic Feynman- All the Adventure of a curious character… “ Beautifully expressed & encapsulate.

Kind of Meaning of it all…


The value of science

We have been led to imagine all sorts of things infinitely more marvelous than the imaginings of poets and dreamers of the past. It shows that the imagination of nature is far, far greater then the imagination of man. For instance, how much more remarkable it is for all of us to be stuck- half of us upside down- by a mysterious attraction to a spinning ball that has been swinging in space for billions of years than to be carried on the back of an elephant supported on a tortoise swimming in a bottomless sea.

I have thought about these things so many times alone that I hope you will excuse me if I remind you of this type of thought that I am sure many of you have had, which no one could ever have had in the past because people then didn’t have the information we have about the world today.

For instance, I stand at the seashore, alone, and start to think:

There are the rushing waves
mountains of molecules
each stupidly minding its own business
trillions apart
yet forming white surf in unison.

Ages on ages
before any eyes could see
year after year
thunderously pounding the shore as now.
For whom, for what?
On a dead planet
with no life to entertain.

Never at rest
tortured by energy
wasted prodigiously by the sun
poured into space.
A mite makes the sea roar.

Deep in the sea
all molecules repeat
the patterns of another
till complex new ones are formed.
They make others like themselves
and a new dance starts.

Growing in size and complexity
living things
masses of atoms
DNA, protein
dancing a pattern ever more intricate.

Out of the cradle
onto dry land
here it is standing:
atoms with consciousness;
matter with curiosity.

Stands at the sea, wondering: I
a universe of atoms
an atom in the universe.

Richard Feynman


4 Responses to “Finding Feynman..”

  1. 1 gingatao!
    November 11, 2007 at 4:06 am

    A lovely poem, attempting to capture the epiphany. I’m not sure about the first thought though. It seems to me that as we come to know more and more, the possible scope of our imaginings, if anything, has decreased. There was great diversity and breadth in “the imaginings of poets and dreamers of the past.” Socially and culturally the last few decades have seen a kind of seeping hegemony. It’s probably one of those things though that can only be a kind of speculation, we have only the historical record to go on and as you go back in time it becomes increasingly incomplete. But a beautiful poem and very thought provoking post.

  2. November 11, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Dear Friend..

    Thanks for equally thought provoking comment..

  3. November 13, 2007 at 12:27 am

    feynman has been my hero for ages…i read most of his very interesting and funny books and i consider Caltech a shrine to this great mind. he never lost his humanity amid all the “equations” – he will continue caressing miryads of souls years after his death…

    “I think I can safely say that no one understands quantum mechanics.” richard feynman

  4. December 20, 2007 at 12:35 am

    I didn’t know Feynman also wrote poetry. I knew art and the bongos were a hobby, but poety is news to me.

    What couldn’t this man do?

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