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					Richard Freyman
                Early Life

Born May 11, 1918
From Queens, New York
His family originated from Russia and
 Poland; both of his parents were Jewish
By his early youth, however, Feynman
 described himself as an "avowed atheist.”
                     Education
 He attended the MIT, where he received a bachelor’s
  degree in 1939. While there, Feynman took every
  physics course offered, including a graduate course on
  theoretical physics while only in his second year.
 He obtained a perfect score on the graduate school
  entrance exams to Princeton University in mathematics
  and physics.
 He received a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1942
 Feynman's thesis applied the principle of stationary
  action to problems of quantum mechanics, laying the
  groundwork for the "path integral" approach and
  Feynman diagrams, and was entitled "The Principle of
  Least Action in Quantum Mechanics".
        Famous Accomplishments
 Known for his work in the path integral formulation of
  quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum
  electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of
  supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics
  (he proposed the parton model).
 Received the Nobel Prize Physics in 1965
 He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and
  was a member of the panel that investigated the Space
  Shuttle Challenger Disaster.
 Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of
  quantum computing, and introducing the concept of
  nanotechnology.
              Beliefs on the World
 You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and
  uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more
  interesting to live not knowing than to have answers
  which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and
  possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty
  about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of
  anything and there are many things I don't know
  anything about, such as whether it means anything to
  ask why we're here . . . I don't have to know an answer. I
  don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in
  a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the
  way it really is as far as I can tell. It doesn't frighten me.
                            -Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)
                        Beliefs in God
 I don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because
  they have been figured out.
  -- Richard P Feynman
 God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to
  explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you
  finally discover how something works, you get some laws which
  you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you
  need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to
  create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you
  need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the
  laws will explain, such as consiousness, or why you only live to a
  certain length of time -- life and death -- stuff like that. God is always
  associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I
  don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because
  they have been figured out.
  -- Richard P Feynman
           Beliefs in Science

As you know, a theory in physics is not
 useful unless it is able to predict
 underlined effects which we would
 otherwise expect.
 -- Richard P Feynman
Science is a way of trying not to fool
 yourself.
 -- Richard P Feynman

				
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