The Curious Mr. Feynman

Freakonomics Radio

Feb. 1, 2024

From the Manhattan Project to the Challenger investigation, the physicist Richard Feynman loved to shoot down what he called “lousy ideas.” Today, the world is awash in lousy ideas — so maybe it’s time to get some more Feynman in our lives? (Part one of a three-part series.)


    • Helen Czerski, physicist and oceanographer at University College London.
    • Michelle Feynman, school administrator and daughter of Richard Feynman.
    • Ralph Leighton, biographer and film producer.
    • Charles Mann, science journalist and author.
    • John Preskill, professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
    • Stephen Wolfram, founder and C.E.O. of Wolfram Research; creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and the Wolfram Language.



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