Richard Feynman was an American physicist famous for his work on quantum electrodynamics and his introduction of diagrams to understand the computations governing quantum interactions. His popular and entertaining autobiography depicts a playful and quirky personality who dabbled in safecracking, art, and samba music.
“On the infrequent occasions when I have been called upon in a formal
place to play the bongo drums, the introducer never seems to find it
necessary to mention that I also do theoretical physics.” –Richard
Feynman is connected to Paul Erdős through Nicholas Metropolis and Stanisław Ulam, who worked with Feynman during the Manhattan Project and later invented the Monte Carlo method. His surprisingly low Bacon and Sabbath numbers can be derived from a small acting role in the British drama film Anti-Clock and a bongo-drumming collaboration with Tuvan throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar.
- Richard Feynman
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