While starting my physics studies 40 years ago, I was told to read three volumes of Feynman’s lectures, considered the “Physics Bible” for any young student of Physics (they are available in the IB Learning Centre). It seemed that life has made a full circle. Well, not quite – just last week, I was discussing with my Year 13 Physics students something known as Feynman diagrams – an ingenious way of demonstrating how elementary particles behave – quarks, leptons, mesons, baryons – almost an infinite array of particles that make up our world.
However, I have not forgotten to tell my students how an extraordinary person Feynman was – not only a Physicist but also an Engineer, Musician, Painter – a true interdisciplinary reflection that defines our own STEAM programme. I invite you to see a BBC documentary called “No Ordinary Genius" in which Richard Feynman, among other things, reflects on the beauty of a flower, as an artist and as a scientist.
Dr Jacek Latkowski