A profile of the late Richard Feynman—atomic bomb pioneer, Nobel prize-winning physicist, acclaimed teacher and all-around eccentric, who helped solve the mystery of the space shuttle Challenger explosion.
Richard Feynman was one of the twentieth century’s most creative and unusual thinkers. Another Nobel Prize winner, Hans Bethe, called him "a magician." Feynman blazed a meteoric trail through physics, from the making of the atom bomb to his landmark theory of quantum electrodynamics to his devastating expose of the Challenger space shuttle disaster. But the ebullient Feynman also figured out how to be a master safecracker, bongo player, and graphic artist. NOVA takes you inside Feynman's career to meet a man with restless intellect, raging curiosity, and a refusal to take any idea for granted.
In The Best Mind Since Einstein, discover why Feynman was an unrivaled storyteller and explainer of science. Hear Feynman talk--not only about the meaning of existence and the impact of the atom bomb, but also flying saucers, anti-gravity machines, and why uncooked spaghetti always breaks in three pieces. Relive the moment when Feynman revealed the cause of the Challenger disaster by dropping a rubber ring into a glass of ice water. It was a piece of showmanship that brought him more attention than anything else in his career. But Feynman insisted that awards and honors meant little. The real prize, he claimed was "the pleasure of finding things out."