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Feynman’s Centenary Update

January 1 2018

Today begins an eventful centenary year for celebrating Richard Feynman’s adventures of a curious character. To start things off, W. W. Norton, the publisher of his bestsellers Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do YOU Care What Other People Think?, is issuing new editions of both books, with new cover photos and a special introduction by Bill Gates for SYJ.

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

What Do You Care What Other People Think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this space over the coming year I plan to write some special commentaries on various stories in those books—thoughts that have matured over the past three decades since their original publication—to provide some perspective for today’s readers.

I plan to celebrate the actual centenary of Feynman’s birth (May 11, 2018) in Tuva, the lost land that Feynman tried to reach during the last decade of his life (as chronicled in my book Tuva or Bust!). If all goes according to plan, you should see references to it in May in worldwide media such as the BBC.

In the meantime, I’m looking for interested persons and schools to participate in a creating an animated Feynman diagram made of programmable LED lights using an Arduino device. Please contact me if you’d like to join in.

Check back here for updates!

Tuva or Bust!

— Ralph Leighton

 

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