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To Sandra Drachester, date unknown

I was delighted too when I heard about the Nobel Prize, thinking as you did that my bongo playing was at last recognised. Imagine my chagrin when I realised that there had been some mistake — they cited some marks I made on paper some 15 years ago — and not one word about percussion technique. I know you share in my disappointment.

–Richard Feynman

The Guardian has published selections from Feynman’s letters as gathered by his daughter. He was one of the most important scientists of the 20th century (and among the most important of all centuries). I don’t honestly know much about him… but these little notes urge me to discover more. Especially the last excerpt. This was a man with a great mind, and seemingly a brilliant soul.

One Response to “Feynman”

  1. Scaliant Says:

    Dick Feynman is an insightful and highly entertaining writer. I highly recommend “What do you care what other people think?” and “Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman!” You’ll get the bitter (but beneficial!) pill of hard science wrapped in the earthy, brilliant charm of a true iconoclast.