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

Fun to Imagine | 3: How to Enjoy a Trip to the Dentist

The mystery of magnetic and electrical forces.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 22 July 1983

DURATION | 09 minutes 59 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1983

Synopsis

A trip to the dentist prompts Richard Feynman to ponder on the wonder of electrical and magnetic forces. Using examples from everyday life, the eminent scientist explains how these concepts work and reveals just how important the discovery of electromagnetism was. Combing one's hair isn't such a mundane task after all.

Did you know?

Feynman met his first wife, Arline Greenbaum, at high school. While they were engaged, Arline was diagnosed with tuberculosis, a disease that was then usually fatal. Although the couple married as soon as possible, they enjoyed fewer than five years together before Arline's death in 1945. The story of Feynman's first marriage was told in the 1996 film 'Infinity', starring Matthew Broderick and Patricia Arquette.

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