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Waves- Richard Feynman
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
Feynman often told simple metaphors to illustrate complex scientific ideas. One of my favorites was one he told about the nature of light and how we perceive it.
"when there's lots of people have dived in the pool there's a very great choppiness of all these waves all over the water and to think that it's possible, maybe, that in those waves there's a clue as to what's happening in the pool. That some sort of insect or something with sufficient cleverness could sit in the corner of the pool and just be disturbed by the waves, and by the nature of the irregularities and bumping of the waves have figured out who jumped in where and when and where what's happening all over the pool. And that's what we're doing when we're looking at something. Uh, the light that comes out is ... is waves, just like in the swimming pool except in three dimensions instead of the two dimensions of the pool it's they're going in all directions. And we have a eighth of an inch black hole into which these things go ... which, uh, is particularly sensitive to the parts of the waves that are coming in a particular direction it's not particularly sensitive when they're coming in at the wrong angle which we say is from the corner of our eye."
December 19th, 2012
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