Manjit Kumar

Good Vibrations

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe Itself

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When Richard Feynman was notified in October 1965 that he was to share that year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, the telegram stated simply that the award was ‘for fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles’. A reporter asked Feynman to tell him in just two sentences what he had actually done. ‘If I could tell you in two sentences,’ Feynman replied, ‘I wouldn’t have won the Nobel Prize.’

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