Richard Feynman was born 96 years ago, on May 11, 1918.
Feynman is widely considered one of most brilliant scientists to have ever
lived — except, perhaps, by his mother Lucille, who once jokingly remarked:
"If that's the world's smartest man, God help us."
A Nobel Prize winner and physics popularizer, Feynman inspired countless
young scientists with his brilliance, boundless curiosity, and rebellious
In commemoration of Feynman's birthday, Perimeter Institute presents
some of Feynman's most enduring musings and witticisms.
"My mother taught me that the highest
forms of understanding that we can achieve
are laughter and human compassion."
"The 'paradox' is only a conflict between
reality and your feeling of what reality
'ought to be."'
"Nature uses only the longest threads to
weave her patterns, so each small piece of
her fabric reveals the organization of the
"I think I can safely say that nobody
understands quantum mechanics."
"Do not read so much, look about you
and think of what you see there."
"We are not to tell Nature what she's gotta be. She's
always got better imagination than we have."
"The first principle is that you must not fool
yourself — and you are the easiest
person to fool."
"I don't know anything, but I do know that
everything is interesting
if you go into it deeply enough."
"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost not, as in
fiction, to imagine things which are not really there,
but iust to comprehend those things which are there."
"Science is the belief in the ignorance