The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

The world of theoretical Physics was brightened up by the charming genius of safecracker, drummer, womaniser and Nobel prizewinner Richard Feynman. In an interview with BBC Horizon Feynman explains eloquently how scientific knowledge enriches his perception of beauty and convincingly dismantles the notion of Entzauberung as caused by science. This meeting at Foamlab Holland concentrates on the intricacies of creative processes. The discussion follows a path through such subjects as creation as a phenomenon in the exact and social sciences, creativity and teaching, tensions between one’s research and one’s social responsibilities, the power of imagination for creative activities. A highlight of the evening is the animation A Is for Atom, in which a radioactive nucleus is depicted as an excited little dancing chap, twirling and swinging out of bed and out of his little house in the periodic table of elements.