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Discomfort with honours

Duration: 02:28

Richard Feynman admits he is uncomfortable being a Nobel Prize winner. He says this dislike of honours came from his father, and recalls how it developed as a schoolboy when he was put in a club for students with good grades. Young Feynman did not enjoy having to decide who else was worthy to join this club. He says he doesn’t understand the purpose of Nobel prize as he already has the real prize - the pleasure of finding the thing out.

Available since: Sat 10 May 2008

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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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