Feynman on Quantum Mechanics


[The video previously referenced here, one of Richard Feynman’s Messenger Lectures, is no longer available due to copyright concerns. I should make perfectly clear that I’ve never had a copy of this Feynman video or any other on my server; I found it one day during a bit of idle Google-searching, and the film to which I linked was stored on Google’s servers. Offhand, I don’t even know how to make a video stored on my own computer play in a nice little box.]

6 thoughts on “Feynman on Quantum Mechanics”

  1. Thanks for calling attention to that lecture. How different would it have to be if it was given today? I take it noting would have to change? The ‘what is science’ bit at the end was nice.

  2. I suspect that were he giving the same lecture today, Feynman would include a brief treatment of Bell’s Inequality and at least a few words on the subject of “decoherence.” Never having been satisfied with the popular or semi-popular descriptions I see of these on the Web, I suspect I’ll have to write one myself.

  3. I don’t think lecture 2 is online (which is unfortunate, because I had wanted to reference a segment of it!). Maybe a diligent Feynman fan with no fear of the Copyright Police will upload a copy.

  4. To whom it may concern:

    I represent Michelle and Carl Feynman, the children of Richard Feynman, who are the heirs to his estate, including his intellectual property rights. Apparently you have somehow obtained a video copy of one of the lectures from Dr. Feynman’s Messenger Lecture series, specifically the sixth lecture in the series on quantum mechanical behavior, and that you have uploaded the video tape of the lecture to this website.

    Please be advised that the rights to the Messenger Lectures, including the video tapes, the content of the lectures, and the image of Dr. Feynman, are held by the heirs to Dr. Feynman’s estate, and/or certain entities to whom rights of commercial exploitation have been granted. I do not know how you came into possession of the video tape, but you have no right to rebroadcast, post on the internet, or otherwise display, distribute or exploit the videos.

    I hereby demand that you immediately remove from any and all websites all of the Feynman Messenger Lectures video tapes that you have posted. Please confirm to me IN WRITING by August 17, 2007 that you have complied with this demand. If I do not hear from you, or if you refuse to take down the posted material, I have been authorized to pursue whatever legal action might be necessary and appropriate against you. I hope that will not be necessary.

    Andrew M. Gold

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  5. Mr. Gold:

    I don’t have copies of these videos on my server. They’re all archived on Google Video, to whose repository I linked. Please see this search of Google’s video archive; I encourage you to contact Google to have the videos under discussion removed, thereby making them inaccessible from any and all websites which linked to and/or embedded them.

    I have removed the links from my site to Google’s copies of the Feynman Messenger Lectures.

    A copy of this message will be sent to you via e-mail.

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