Richard Feynman was one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Awarded a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on quantum electrodynamics, his academic career included working on the Manhattan Project and with Nasa investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Defying the stereotype of an academic physicist, Feynman was also a renowned communicator. Late to the party, it was not until my PGCE year that I actually watched or read anything by Feynman. My PGCE tutor showed us a video of Feynman from a BBC series in the 1980’s called Fun to Imagine. Scientific conundrums would be posed to a relaxed Feynman who would respond with an explanation of the fundamental physics beneath the problem. In my PGCE days I didn’t really consider artful explanations as a particularly important area of my practice; I was too focussed on other things.
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