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Explaining to my father

Duration: 01:56

Richard Feynman says that after attending university his father Melville often asked him to explain areas of science he did not understand. He wanted to know where a photon comes from when an atom makes the transition from one state to another. Feynman tells him it is created from the motion of the electron, but this answer didn't satisfy his father. It reminds Feynman of a humorous moment with his own young son.

Available since: Sat 10 May 2008

This clip is from

Horizon 1981-1982, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Professor Richard Feynman of Caltech talks about his life and career.

First broadcast: 23 Nov 1981

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