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Dick Feynman—The Guy in the Office Down the Hall

Gell-Mann, Murray (1986) Dick Feynman—The Guy in the Office Down the Hall. Physics Today, 42 (2). pp. 50-54. ISSN 0031-9228. doi:10.1063/1.881192.

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When I think of Richard, I often recall a chilly afternoon in Altadena shortly after his marriage to the charming Gweneth. My late wife, Margaret, and I had returned in September 1960 from a year in Paris, London and East Africa; Richard had greeted me with the news that he was “catching up with me”—he too was to have an English wife and a small brown dog. The wedding soon took place, and it was a delightful occasion. We also met the dog (called Venus, I believe) and found that Richard was going overboard teaching her tricks (leading his mother, Lucille, with her dry wit, to wonder aloud what would become of a child if one came along). The Feynmans and we both bought houses in Altadena, and on the afternoon in question Margaret and I were visiting their place. A brilliant, vital and amusing neighbor, Feynman was a stimulating (if sometimes exasperating) partner in discussions of profound issues. His sum‐over‐paths method may turn out to be not just useful, but fundamental.

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Additional Information:© 1989 American Institute of Physics. February 1989. I should like to thank James B. Hartle for many instructive conversations about quantum mechanics and the path integral method in quantum cosmology.
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Official Citation:Dick Feynman—The Guy in the Office Down the Hall Murray Gell‐Mann Phys. Today 42, 2, 50 (1989) pages 50-54
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