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Feynman Celebration Exhibit, April to June 2014


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An exhibit on Richard P. Feynman will run in the atrium of Fermilab's Wilson Hall from April 12 until June 26, 2014 as part of Fermilab's Feynman celebration. The exhibit was organized by the Fermilab Office of Communication and the Fermilab History and Archives Project. This page contains a list of all the items in the exhibit, digital images of many of the items, and information about additional resources on Feynman. More information on the Feynman celebration is available in this March 18, 2014 Fermilab press release.

 

Feynman Celebration Virtual Exhibit

 

First Published Feynman Diagram, 1949

(not included in exhibit)

First published Feynman diagram

One of Richard P. Feynman's many contributions to physics was the invention of "Feynman diagrams," which are simple visual representations of the complex formulas that describe the behavior of subatomic particles. This was the first published Feynman diagram. It appeared as Figure 1 on page 772 of Feynman's paper "Space-Time Approach to Quantum Electrodynamics" published in Physical Review volume 76, number 6, pages 769-789 on September 15, 1949.

Reprinted figure with permission from R. P. Feynman, Physical Review 76, p. 769. Copyright 1949 by the American Physical Society.

Readers may view, browse, and/or download material [this diagram] for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, adapted, performed, displayed, published, or sold in whole or part, without prior written permission from the American Physical Society.

 

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Richard Phillips Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands. The Feynman lectures on physics. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1963.

(included in exhibit, not included in this online exhibit due to copyright restrictions)


First published in 1963 and based on a series of lectures Richard P. Feynman gave at Caltech from 1961 to 1963, The Feynman Lectures on Physics is widely considered one of the most popular physics books ever written.

 

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"Topical Conference Proves Popular Here." The Village Crier, vol. 5, no. 2 (January 11, 1973), page 1.

(included in exhibit)

The Village Crier, vol. 5, no.2 (January 11, 1973), page 1

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Richard P. Feynman visited Fermilab (then called the National Accelerator Laboratory) from December 8 to 9, 1972, when he attended a conference organized by the NAL Theoretical Physics Group titled "Quarks and Partons: What Good Are They?" It was Feynman's only visit to Fermilab. This front page article from the January 11, 1973 issue of The Village Crier, Fermilab's first employee newsletter, mentions his visit and includes an image of Feynman. The full issue of this Village Crier is available in the Fermilab History and Archives Project's digital collections.

 

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Richard P. Feynman at National Accelerator Laboratory, 1972 December 8-9

(included in exhibit)

Richard P. Feynman at Fermilab, 1972 December 8-9

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This is a photograph of Richard P. Feynman from his visit to the National Accelerator Laboratory (later known as Fermilab) from December 8 to 9, 1972. He is in one of the Village buildings. Fermilab photograph 72-0910-04.

 

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"Physics in the fast lane: Richard Phillips Feynman, 1918-1988." CERN Courier, vol. 28, no. 3 (April 1988).

(included in exhibit, not included in this online exhibit due to copyright restrictions)

This issue of the CERN Courier included an obituary for Richard P. Feynman, who died on February 15th, 1988.

 

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Program from the dedication of Fermilab's Feynman Computing Center (December 2, 1988)

(Included in exhibit. The front cover of the program is not included in this online exhibit due to copyright restrictions on the cover image.)

Feynman Computing Center dedication program, page 3

(Click on the image to view a high resolution version of page 2, page 3, and the back cover of the program.)


On December 2, 1988, Fermilab dedicated its new Central Computing Facility in honor of Richard P. Feynman. Click on the image of the cover to read the entire program.

 

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Fermilab news release on the dedication of the Feynman Computing Center (December 5, 1988)

(included in exhibit)

Fermilab news release on the dedication of the Feynman Computing Center, page 1

(Click on the image to view a high resolution version of the entire news release.)


The Fermilab Public Information Office issued this news release on December 5, 1988 to announce the dedication of the Feynman Computing Center. Click on the image of the first page to read the entire news release.

 

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"A Day of Celebration Marks Fermilab's 20th Anniversary and the Dedication of the Feynman Computing Center." FermiNews, vol. XI, no. 22 (December 16, 1988), pages 3-4.

(included in exhibit)

FermiNews, vol. XI, no. 22, page 3

(Click on the image to view a high resolution version of the entire article.)


This article from the December 16, 1988 issue of FermiNews, the Fermilab employee newsletter, describes the dedication of the Feynman Computing Center. The event was attended by several members of Feynman's family. Fermilab director Leon M. Lederman, Fermilab physicist James D. Bjorken, Department of Energy Chicago Operations Office manager Hilary J. Rauch, former Fermilab director Robert R. Wilson, and Fermilab Computing Department head Jeffrey Appel all spoke at the event.

 

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Leon Lederman speaking at the Feynman Computing Center dedication

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Leon Lederman speaking at the Feynman Computing Center dedication, Fermilab photograph 88-1228-11

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This is a photo of Fermilab director Leon Lederman speaking at the December 2, 1988 dedication of the Feynman Computing Center. Seated on the stage behind him are (from left to right) Carl Feynman (Feynman's son), Gweneth Feynman (Feynman's widow), and Joan Feynman (Feynman's sister). Fermilab photograph 88-1228-11.

 

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Fermilab's Feynman Computing Center in 2007

(included in exhibit)

Fermilab's Feynman Computing Center in 2007, Fermilab photograph 07-0339-20D

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This is a photo of Fermilab's Feynman Computing Center in 2007. Fermilab photograph 07-0339-20D.

 

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Physics Today, vol. 42, no. 2 (February 1989)

(portions included in exhibit, not included in this online exhibit due to copyright restrictions)

This issue of Physics Today was devoted entirely to Richard Feynman to commemorate his death the previous year. It includes a brief article titled "Fermilab Names Computing Center After Feynman" on page 102.

 

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Ralph Leighton. Tuva or Bust! Richard Feynman's Last Journey. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

(included in exhibit, not included in this online exhibit due to copyright restrictions.)


This book chronicles Richard P. Feynman's interest in the Central Asian region of Tannu Tuva and his efforts to travel there before his death.

 

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Fourteen stamps from the Tuvan People's Republic issued in 1927

(included in exhibit)

Tuvan stamps

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As a child, Richard P. Feynman was fascinated by stamps from Tannu Tuva. Stamps like these prompted Feynman's lifelong interest in the region, including its unique art of "throat singing."

 

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John R. Gribbin and Mary Gribbin. Richard Feynman: a Life in Science. New York: Penguin, 1997.

(Included in exhibit. Not included in this online exhibit due to copyright restrictions.)


This biography of Richard P. Feynman tells the story of his life and his impact on physics.

 

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Additional Resources

Materials by Feynman in the Fermilab Library (this is only a small selection of the materials available):

  • Richard Phillips Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands. The Feynman Lectures on Physics. 3 volumes. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1963. (Fermilab library location: Main. Call number: QC23.F438)
  • Richard Phillips Feynman and Ralph Leighton. 'Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!' : adventures of a curious character. New York: W.W. Norton, 1985. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49A82::1985)
  • Richard Phillips Feynman and Ralph Leighton. 'What do YOU care what other people think?' : further adventures of a curious character. New York: W.W. Norton, 1988. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49A3::1988)
  • Richard Phillips Feynman. 'Most of the good stuff' : memories of Richard Feynman. New York: American Institute of Physics, 1993. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49A3::1993)
  • Richard Phillips Feynman and Anthony J. G. Hey. Feynman lectures on computation. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books, 1999. (Fermilab library location: Main. Call number: QA76.F45::1999)
  • Laurie M. Brown and Richard Phillips Feynman. Selected papers of Richard Feynman : with commentary. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 2000. (Fermilab library location: Main. Call number: QC3.F4513::2000)
  • Richard Phillips Feynman. The Feynman Lectures on Physics [sound recording]. 20 volumes. New York: Basic Books, 2003. (Fermilab library location: DVD/AV. Call number for volume 1: QC23.F4382::2003)
  • Richard Phillips Feynman. Perfectly reasonable deviations from the beaten track : the letters of Richard P. Feynman. New York: Basic Books, 2005. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49A4::2005)

Materials on Feynman in the Fermilab Library:

  • Ralph Leighton. Tuva or bust! : Richard Feynman's last journey. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49L45::1991)
  • James Gleick. Genius : the life and science of Richard Feynman. New York: Pantheon Books, 1992. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49G54::1992)
  • Richard Phillips Feynman. The best mind since Einstein. Boston: WGBH Boston Video, 2006. [Originally broadcast on the Nova television program in 1993] (Fermilab library location: AV-West. Call number: QC16.F49B478::2006)
  • Jagdish Mehra. The beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard Phillips Feynman. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49M45::1994)
  • John R. Gribbin and Mary Gribbin. Richard Feynman : a life in science. New York: Dutton, 1997. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49G75::1997)
  • Lawrence Maxwell Krauss. Quantum man: Richard Feynman's life in science . New York: W.W. Norton, 2011. (Fermilab library location: Popular. Call number: QC16.F49K73::2011)

A variety of documentaries on Feynman are available:

  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. Horizon. Original airdate: March 27, 1988. More information is available at the BBC website.
  • The Last Journey of a Genius. NOVA. Original airdate: January 24, 1989. A summary is available at the PBS website.