February 04, 2019

PhD tips: The Difference Between Knowing the Name of Something and Knowing Something”

Shane Parri discusses useful tips by Richard Feynman about the joy of learning.

“Richard Feynman (1918-1988), who believed that “the world is much more interesting than any one discipline,” was no ordinary genius.”
“We take other men’s knowledge and opinions upon trust; which is an idle and superficial learning. We must make them our own. We are just like a man who, needing fire, went to a neighbor’s house to fetch it, and finding a very good one there, sat down to warm himself without remembering to carry any back home. What good does it do us to have our belly full of meat if it is not digested, if it is not transformed into us, if it does not nourish and support us?”

Read the full article on: https://fs.blog/2015/01/richard-feynman-knowing-something/

Favourite Feynman text, “Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman”


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