#FiveSentenceFiction: Delicate

Feynman diagrams The small boy wrote the equation on the blackboard: the symbols he wrote seemed to come alive.

“It’s the greatest equation of all nature… Einstein discovered it…”

On the board the symbols were followed by others, dancing in the morning light, delicate traces of a genius mind, “e to the power of I(pi) plus 1 equals zero” he repeated, leading on to several lines of weird little diagrams.

Later, much later, he told US senators, after the incident of the Shuttle: “I took this stuff that I got out of your seal and I put it in ice water, and I discovered …”

So spoke Richard Feynman (1918-1988).

6 Comments

  1. One of my husband’s heroes: he was a very funny man, as well as a genius physicist, and he had the knack for explaining things so even I could understand. I like the way you summarise his work and life in just 5 essential sentences.

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