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Weekend Special: Great Teacher, Short Question, Wild Answer

Filed by KOSU News in Science.
March 17, 2012

The question was simple enough. Richard Feynman, one of the greatest science teachers of our age, physicist, scholar, Nobel Laureate, bongo player, a man who could explain pretty much anything, is sitting, a little uncomfortably, in an easy chair and the reporter interviewing him asks: Why do magnets work?

Feynman shifts a little. “You’re asking…” and he gives the reporter a look that almost says “This is what you want to ask me…come on…”

“I think that’s a perfectly reasonable question,” the reporter says.

“Of course it’s a reasonab — it’s an excellent question,” says Feynman. “But how does a person answer ‘Why something happens..?’ “

Then Feynman does what he does. He lets loose and ponders the word “Why?”

Just sit back and watch him fly. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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