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Richard Feynman: Fun to Imagine | Using physics to explain how the world works

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Richard Feynman (1918-88) was one of the most remarkable and gifted theoretical physicists of any generation. He was also known as the 'Great Explainer' because of his passion for helping non-scientists to imagine something of the beauty and order of the universe as he saw it.

In this series, Feynman looks at the mysterious forces that make ordinary things happen and, in doing so, answers questions about why rubber bands are stretchy, why tennis balls can't bounce for ever and what you're really seeing when you look in the mirror.

Richard Feynman: Fun to Imagine Collection

Richard Feynman.

Fun to Imagine

1: Jiggling Atoms

BROADCAST 1983
12 MINUTES

'I get a kick out of thinking about these things.'

Rubber bands.

Fun to Imagine

2: Stretching, Pulling and Pushing

BROADCAST 1983
11 MINUTES

Why rubber bands stretch and why magnets are magnetic.

A dentist's drill and a dental mirror.

Fun to Imagine

3: How to Enjoy a Trip to the Dentist

BROADCAST 1983
10 MINUTES

The mystery of magnetic and electrical forces.

A baby looking into a mirror.

Fun to Imagine

4: How Mirrors Turn You Inside Out

BROADCAST 1983
12 MINUTES

Richard Feynman discusses the 'psychology' of mirrors.

Mount Everest.

Fun to Imagine

5: Big Numbers

BROADCAST 1983
12 MINUTES

Richard Feynman talks about the role of imagination in astronomy.

A model of a dissected brain.

Fun to Imagine

6: Ways of Thinking

BROADCAST 1983
12 MINUTES

Feynman ponders the process of thinking.

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