The Smartest Man in
Here is that wonderful 1979 interview of Feynman by Omni magazine. This is Feynman on what he knows and loves best--physics-- and what he loves least, philosophy. ("Philosophers should learn to laugh at themselves.") Here Feynman discusses the work that earned him the Nobel Prize, quantum electrodynamics (QED); he then goes on to cosmology, quarks, and those pesky infinities that gum up so many equations.
"I think the theory is simply a way to sweep the difficulties under the rug," Richard Feynman said. "I am, of course, not sure of that." It sounds like the kind of criticism, ritually tempered, that comes from the audience after a controversial paper is presented at a scientific conference. But Feynman was at the podium, delivering a Nobel Prize winner's address. The theory he was questioning, quantum electrodynamics, has recently been called "the most precise ever devised"; its predictions are routinely verified to within one part in a million. When Feynman, Julian Schwinger, and Sin-Itiro Tomon