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Feynman’s Birthday today: read his classic talk, then nominate for Feynman Prize

Judy Conner here at Foresight points out that today is Richard Feynman’s birthday — he would have been 88. Sadly, he died at age 69 instead, of cancer. I was fortunate enough to have heard him lecture and interact informally with students at Caltech; he made you understand physics, or at least feel that you did…at least briefly, in my case. He even came to one of my parties.

Of course, the best way to commemorate his work is to read, or re-read — it’s worth it — his classic after-dinner talk There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom, first posted to the web by Ralph Merkle.

Well, perhaps that’s the second-best way: the best way is to work to implement the vision in the talk. One easy way to do that is to make nominations for this year’s Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology, due June 30. —Christine

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