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(I) once asked Richard Feynman whether he thought of mathematics and, by extension, the laws of physics as having an independent existence. He replied: The problem of existence is a very interesting and difficult one. if you do mathematics, which is simply working out the consequences of assumptions, you'll discover for instance a curious thing if you add the cubes of integers. One cubed is one, two cubed is two times two times two, that's eight, and three cubed is three times three times three, that's twenty-seven. If you add the cubes of these, one plus eight plus twenty-seven- let's stop there - that would be thirty-six. And that's the square of of another number, six, and that number is the sum of those same integers. one plus two plus three...Now, that fact which I've just told you about might not have been known to you before. You might say Where is it, what is it, where is it located, what kind of reality does it have?' And yet you came upon it. When you discover these things, you get the feeling that they were true before you found them. So you get the idea that somehow they existed somewhere, but there's nowhere for such things. It's just a feeling...Well, in the case of physics we have double trouble. We come upon these mathematical interrelationships but they apply to the universe, so the problem of where they are is doubly confusing...Those are philosophical questions that I don't know how to answer.


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RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
I was a very shy character, always feeling uncomfortable because everybody was stronger than I, and ...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
It has not yet become obvious to me that there's no real problem. I cannot define the real probl...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
The original reason to start the project, which was that the Germans were a danger, started me off o...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
If you keep proving stuff that others have done, getting confidence, increasing the complexities of ...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
I don't understand what it's all about or what's worth what, but if the people in the Sw...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it d...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the co...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric r...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Europeans are much more serious than we are in America because they think that a good place to discu...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so d...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Working out another system to replace Newton's laws took a long time because phenomena at the at...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
It is necessary to look at the results of observation objectively, because you, the experimenter, mi...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
See that the imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
I don't know what's the matter with people: they don't learn by understanding; they lear...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
The most obvious characteristic of science is its application: the fact that, as a consequence of sc...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Today we say that the law of relativity is supposed to be true at all energies, but someday somebody...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
I practiced drawing all the time and became very interested in it. If I was at a meeting that wasn&#...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
The extreme weakness of quantum gravitational effects now poses some philosophical problems; maybe n...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Once you have a computer that can do a few things - strictly speaking, one that has a certain 's...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
If you realize all the time what's kind of wonderful - that is, if we expand our experience into...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Atoms are very special: they like certain particular partners, certain particular directions, and so...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
What goes on inside a star is better understood than one might guess from the difficulty of having t...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
The most remarkable discovery in all of astronomy is that the stars are made of atoms of the same ki...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Each piece, or part, of the whole of nature is always merely an approximation to the complete truth,...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
There is always another way to say the same thing that doesn't look at all like the way you said...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
I think that when we know that we actually do live in uncertainty, then we ought to admit it; it is ...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Until I began to learn to draw, I was never much interested in looking at art.
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Trying to understand the way nature works involves a most terrible test of human reasoning ability. ...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
From the point of view of basic physics, the most interesting phenomena are, of course, in the new p...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Because atomic behavior is so unlike ordinary experience, it is very difficult to get used to, and i...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Once I get on a puzzle, I can't get off.
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
I think equation guessing might be the best method to proceed to obtain the laws for the part of phy...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
In the Raphael Room, the secret turned out to be that only some of the paintings were made by the gr...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Perhaps one day we will have machines that can cope with approximate task descriptions, but in the m...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
The first amazing fact about gravitation is that the ratio of inertial mass to gravitational mass is...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
The fact that the colors in the flower have evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is i...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Things on a very small scale behave like nothing that you have any direct experience about. They do ...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
When I was about thirteen, the library was going to get 'Calculus for the Practical Man.' By...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
With the exception of gravitation and radioactivity, all of the phenomena known to physicists and ch...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
You're unlikely to discover something new without a lot of practice on old stuff, but further, y...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serio...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
When I would hear the rabbi tell about some miracle such as a bush whose leaves were shaking but the...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
We do not know where to look, or what to look for, when something is memorized. We do not know what ...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN