The Feynman Series: beauty

5 minutes

Richard Feynman on why science adds beauty in the Universe: it does not subtract

‘It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.’

Throughout the 20th century, the prominent US theoretical physicist Richard Feynman gained a reputation as an eloquent and accessible public spokesperson for science and enquiry. This short film, with audio excerpted from a 1981 BBC documentary on Feynman titled The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, features Feynman explaining why he believes beauty reveals itself through science, investigation and uncertainty.

Director: Reid Gower

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Knowledge

Teaching philosophy at school isn’t just good pedagogy – it helps to safeguard society

5 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

Idea/Values & Beliefs

To be happier, focus on what’s within your control

Massimo Pigliucci

Video/History of Ideas

How quantum superposition could unravel the ‘grandfather paradox’

3 minutes

Essay/Art

Has art ended again?

Ever since Hegel, artists and critics alike have been claiming that art is finished. But what could that actually mean?

Owen Hulatt

Video/Values & Beliefs

An urban cowboy rides through gang-ridden streets, preaching a gospel of redemption

7 minutes

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Idea/Values & Beliefs

How ‘The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám’ inspired Victorian hedonists

Roman Krznaric

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Essay/Sports & Games

Rules of ascent

For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?

Paul Sagar