Feynman

4.11 A physics career

A young man wrote physicist Feynman a letter, asking how to know whether he was suitable for a physics career. Feynman gave the following reply:

“I say this. Try to find some friends who are somewhat interested in physics and try to discuss physics things with them. If you find yourself able to explain things in your own words, so that they are led to understand things from what you say, you are OK. Soon you will find yourself able to explain things to yourself. Otherwise, give up and plan for a different career. If you can’t find such friends, try to tutor elementary physics, and see how it goes.” [12]

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[12] Don’t you have time to think p.256

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