Newton and feynman

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Newton and feynman

  1. 1. NewtonNewton FeynmanFeynman &&
  2. 2. ...or, The Adventures of Two Curious Characters
  3. 3. Who were they?Who were they? Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton: a: a solitarysolitary animalanimal 1642 born at Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire.1642 born at Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire. 1666 invented the1666 invented the calculuscalculus (“fluxions”)(“fluxions”) andand createdcreated modern astronomymodern astronomy andand discovereddiscovered thethe naturenature ofof white light.white light. 1727 died in London.1727 died in London. Richard FeynmanRichard Feynman: a: a socialsocial animalanimal 1918 born at Far Rockaway, New York.1918 born at Far Rockaway, New York. 1942-5 helped to design 11942-5 helped to design 1stst nuclear bomb.nuclear bomb. 1949 invented “1949 invented “Feynman diagrams”Feynman diagrams” andand path integralspath integrals,, andand helped to solve thehelped to solve the interaction ofinteraction of light and matter.light and matter. 1988 died in Los Angeles.1988 died in Los Angeles.
  4. 4. NewtonNewton
  5. 5. I make no Assumptions (that I cannot test)I make no Assumptions (that I cannot test)
  6. 6. Newton's universal laws of motionNewton's universal laws of motion (or, Why(or, Why diddid the chicken cross the road?)the chicken cross the road?) Newton'sNewton's 1st1st law of motion:law of motion: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest;Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest; chickens in motion tend to cross the road.chickens in motion tend to cross the road. Newton'sNewton's 2nd2nd law of motion:law of motion: It was pushed onto the road.It was pushed onto the road. Newton'sNewton's 3rd3rd law of motion:law of motion: It was pushed onto the road by another chicken,It was pushed onto the road by another chicken, which itself got pushed away from the road.which itself got pushed away from the road. Newton's law ofNewton's law of gravitationgravitation:: It was attracted to a chicken on the other sideIt was attracted to a chicken on the other side of the road, and they met in the middle.of the road, and they met in the middle.
  7. 7. The farm boy strikes gold in the CityThe farm boy strikes gold in the City
  8. 8. FeynmanFeynmanFeynmanFeynman
  9. 9. War & Los Alamos 9292 UU235235 9494 PuPu239239
  10. 10. Richard and Arlene FeynmanRichard and Arlene Feynman
  11. 11. Life, the Universe, and Everything in Between...Life, the Universe, and Everything in Between... Richard makes his markRichard makes his mark bongos_feynman.rm the Bongosthe Bongos the Physics (and those Diagrams...)the Physics (and those Diagrams...) the Challenger tragedythe Challenger tragedy
  12. 12. Learning from his DadLearning from his Dad Art & ScienceArt & Science Teaching his DadTeaching his Dad Morality & ScienceMorality & Science
  13. 13. (it's never)(it's never) the Endthe End

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