Ode to a Flower: Science, Understanding, and Beauty

Does understanding more about astronomy make the night sky less beautiful? Does science take the mystery and beauty of nature and make it dull and joyless? The great physicist and teacher Richard Feynman thought not. In a famous BBC interview, Feynman explained, using a flower as an example, why understanding something makes it more beautiful, more interesting, not less. Not convinced? Take a look at this short video clip of Feynman’s “Ode to a Flower” and decide for yourself.

 

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