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Great Books Virtual Roundtable: Three Works by Richard Feynman

September 29 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

graphic for Great BooksOn September 29 we will discuss three essays by Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Richard Feynman: his prescient 1959 lecture on the possibilities of nanotechnology; his lecture for undergraduates on time and distance; and the closing chapter on junk science from his famous collection of reminiscences, “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”

Richard Feynman
There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom (1959)
Time and Distance,” chapter 5 from The Feynman Lectures on Physics (1961-63)
Cargo Cult Science (1974)The discussion will be held on a secure Zoom session.

No expertise or prerequisites are required. We only ask that you read the selected texts. Any version of the texts may be used to prepare for discussion, but for your convenience links to online versions are provided above.


If you think you will be attending the session, please send Max Yela an email (maxyela@uwm.edu) about your intention to attend (even if you decide not to attend later). He will accept notices of intent until 5:00 p.m., September 29. Between 6:30 and 6:45 on the day of our discussion, September 29, you will receive an email from him with an automatic password-protected URL. Please use that URL to join the session (you will of course need to use a computer with a microphone and a video camera in it — if you want to be seen, that is). When you join, you will be placed in a waiting room that Max will be monitoring to allow attendees into the session. Only those he has emailed will be allowed into the session. This process is intended to maximize the security of the meeting.

These discussions are free and open to the public.


September 29
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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