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Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world. In a 1999 poll of 130 leading physicists worldwide by the British journal Physics World he was ranked as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time.

He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II and became known to a wide public in the 1980s as a member of the Rogers Commission, the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing, and introducing the concept of nanotechnology. He held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.


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  • FaustFest

    A lot of Mathematicians are actually horrified by some of the mathematical language physicists use.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ktxed

    The Baws

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • superandy

    Mathematics is a world away from Physics.... At a low enough level (i.e. 18 years and below) they may seem similar. But if you take mathematics far enough, it becomes bogged down in proving itself. Physics has the real world to fall back on as 'proof'.

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Satyrane

    Yes, despite your multiple question marks of indignation, I do lump physics in with the higher maths.

    16 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Benetton_

    Mathematician???I beg your pardon!?!!

    3 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Satyrane

    Sexiest. Mathematician. Ever. Hell yes.

    17 Oct 2008 Reply

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