Extra Credit (maximum 2 points added to your final exam score)

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Extra Credit (maximum 2 points added to your final exam score)

  1. 1. Richard Feynman Extra Credit 1. Before watching the video, tell me three things Doctor Richard Feynman has accomplished in his science career. 2. Watch the 49 minute video interview titled “Richard Feynman - The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out” on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgaw9qe7DEE You can also download the video here: https://copy.com/AIaPWIOzeyDX 3. What is Doctor Feynman's opinion about the flower? 4. Doctor Feynman tells a story about his friend knowing the name of a bird. What was the story? What was his point in this story? Do you agree with his point? 5. What did Doctor Feynman's father do for a living? Was Doctor Feynman's father good at calculus? Do you think Doctor Feynman learned a lot from his father?
  2. 2. Richard Feynman Extra Credit 6. Explain what he means when he says "there's a difference between knowing the name of something, and knowing something". Tell me why this is such an important point for him. Do you think all great scientists and thinkers feel this way about "knowing the name of something versus knowing something"? 7. Feynman says at one point in the video "I soon forgot the trigonometry I knew because I did not really understand it". Explain what he means by this. Will people forget things they learn and don't understand? Will they forget them if they truly understand them? 8. According to Feynman’s father, why did people bow down to the Pope? Do you agree with Feynman’s father about this? 9. After Doctor Feynman's father sent him off to get an education, was Doctor Feynman able to answer the questions his dad had for him about physics? 10. What does Doctor Feynman think of honors and prizes? Why did he feel this way? 11. What does pretentious mean? Does Doctor Feynman like pretentious people?

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