"What one fool can understand, another can."

Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2005 04:28 am
"What one fool can understand, another can."

This post is not about science but is about a great man and a great teacher.

"What one fool can understand, another can." This is Richard Feynman speaking and is quoted in the Preface of his most remarkable book QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter.

This book is a masterful exposition by a master teacher and scientist of quantum mechanics; aimed not at teaching students to do calculations, but at teaching them to understand what's going on behind calculations. Reading this book helps students avoid "a false sophistication which emphasizes technique rather than understanding." Most important, in my estimation, is that it is a book that any lay person can read, understand and enjoy. It will give the rugged individual--undaunted by preconceived notions--an opportunity to appreciate the mysteries and marvels of modern physics.
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