The president of the company had a meeting today and got off on a tangent about “Richard Feyn”, who apparently worked with Einstein at Los Alamos to make the nuclear bomb, and then went on to develop quantum electronics.
Now, I have a bit of interest in these matters, so what immediately came to mind is:
The guy’s name was “Feynman”, not “Feyn”
Einstein didn’t work on the bomb at Los Alamos (but did lay down some theoretical groundwork for it)
Feynman contributed to quantum mechanics or physics, which isn’t ever referred to as “electronics”
Am I correct on these points? There wasn’t actually a guy named Richard Feyn was there? (I Googled and got no non-Feynman hits that I could see).
Yes, some of this stuff is nitpicky, but I’m curious how right or wrong I am.
To be charitable to this guy, Richard Feynman did lay a lot of the theoretical groundwork for quantum computing as well. It’s still not “quantum electronics”, but I can see how the two terms might get confused.
Just finished reading The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. A lot of interesting details from his time at Los Alamos working on the bomb. Richard Feynman is definitely near the top of the list of most important and interesting people of the 20th century.
Although this is rapidly turning into Cafe Society shiver, Genius : The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick is well worth the read if you want a vision of Feynman which is not actually written by the man himself.
I second the comment about Genius. A few books hence I plan to read some more about the Manhattan Project, because Gleick doesn’t just tell you about Feynman, he brings a lot of the other major personalities to life.
Apologies for the tiniest of nitpicks, and from memory yet as I do not have my copies handy, but I thought that that book and its sequel, “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” were not written by Feynman but were essentially edited transcriptions of audiotape interviews of the good Professor, by another party?