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Richard Feynman - Why do magnets repel each other

Richard Feynman - Why do magnets repel each other

(7:33) Physicist Richard Feynman tries to explain to a non-scientist just how difficult it can be to answer certain questions in lay terms. From the BBC TV series 'Fun to Imagine' (1983).

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Guest: me2 (4129 days ago)
Why can't these people in the science community just be honest with themselves and others by simply saying "I DON'T KNOW!!" or "I have no answer for that and don't know of anybody who does. Next question...?"
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Why can't these people in the science community just be honest with themselves and others by simply saying "I DON'T KNOW!!" or "I have no answer for that and don't know of anybody who does. Next question...?"
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Guest: NeilH (4125 days ago)
He does know, you dozy twat. But not in terms that either you or the interviewer would understand, presuming that neither of you have a physics degree. Oh, silly me, you've all got fifteen A levels and a degree these days, haven't you? SO WHY DOES THE AVERAGE COMENTARD ON HERE APPEAR TO DISPLAY THE INTELLECT OF A NEWT?!
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He does know, you dozy twat. But not in terms that either you or the interviewer would understand, presuming that neither of you have a physics degree. Oh, silly me, you've all got fifteen A levels and a degree these days, haven't you? SO WHY DOES THE AVERAGE COMENTARD ON HERE APPEAR TO DISPLAY THE INTELLECT OF A NEWT?!
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Guest: johno (4129 days ago)
just answer the question dickhead
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just answer the question dickhead
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Guest: Aura (3987 days ago)
If you spent more time listening than criscising you might just have heard the answer! Hmmm and you call him a dickhead LOL
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If you spent more time listening than criscising you might just have heard the answer! Hmmm and you call him a dickhead LOL
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Guest: NeilH (4125 days ago)
The combination of true genius and great communicator is very rare. He is sorely missed.
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The combination of true genius and great communicator is very rare. He is sorely missed.
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Guest: (4129 days ago)
Thats a great answer, very true. People are so used to dumbed down and very faulty analogies as answers.
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Thats a great answer, very true. People are so used to dumbed down and very faulty analogies as answers.
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slicksps slicksps (4128 days ago)
Thing is, he actually did answer the question. His point is that the lay person wouldn't understand it if he did, which was proven when he did actually touch on the answer. Why do parents get so frustrated with their children when they ask 'why?... why?... why?...' because this is a very difficult question to answer due to the depths involved, a child will never accept the answr give because it is always just deeper
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Thing is, he actually did answer the question. His point is that the lay person wouldn't understand it if he did, which was proven when he did actually touch on the answer. Why do parents get so frustrated with their children when they ask 'why?... why?... why?...' because this is a very difficult question to answer due to the depths involved, a child will never accept the answr give because it is always just deeper
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Guest: Stew P. Idmerican (4127 days ago)
You're totally right. I got laid yesterday and didn't understand anything he said.
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You're totally right. I got laid yesterday and didn't understand anything he said.
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Guest: (4128 days ago)
You people are idiots, the format of the show is obviously to explain the forces in the world without using science jargon. To try and explain simple scientific laws to stupid americans using anecdotes and metaphors. It would be very hard to explain magnetism without using consepts like magnetic fields and electrons.
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You people are idiots, the format of the show is obviously to explain the forces in the world without using science jargon. To try and explain simple scientific laws to stupid americans using anecdotes and metaphors. It would be very hard to explain magnetism without using consepts like magnetic fields and electrons.
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Guest: Your name (4127 days ago)
What are your talking about with your ignorant "stupid American" comment? This film was recorded by the BBC...not an American enterprise last I heard...not meant for an American audience. The only American aspect to this film is Freynman himself.
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What are your talking about with your ignorant "stupid American" comment? This film was recorded by the BBC...not an American enterprise last I heard...not meant for an American audience. The only American aspect to this film is Freynman himself.
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Guest: brisbane (4128 days ago)
excellent question, but you dont know the answer do you.
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excellent question, but you dont know the answer do you.
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Guest: (4129 days ago)
The question is good enough - but I can kinda understand Feynman's reaction. The question is a bit like interviewing a racing driver or engineer and asking him: "that speed thing, where you go fast and things kinda zip past you, what's that then?" Would you expect him to say: "I don't know"? Would you conclude that he knows nothing about speed? In the end Feynman gave quite a good answer. But the question clearly frustrated him, like the race driver would be frustrated.
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The question is good enough - but I can kinda understand Feynman's reaction. The question is a bit like interviewing a racing driver or engineer and asking him: "that speed thing, where you go fast and things kinda zip past you, what's that then?" Would you expect him to say: "I don't know"? Would you conclude that he knows nothing about speed? In the end Feynman gave quite a good answer. But the question clearly frustrated him, like the race driver would be frustrated.
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Guest: numpty (4129 days ago)
Richard Feynman was an absolute legend!!!
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Richard Feynman was an absolute legend!!!
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Guest: (4128 days ago)
sure does fidgit a lot!
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sure does fidgit a lot!
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Guest: TommyI (3957 days ago)
Fantastic expression of knowledge and the concept of it. No glib answers, just thoughtful expression of massive complexity in straight forward language. Clearly a talented educator
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Fantastic expression of knowledge and the concept of it. No glib answers, just thoughtful expression of massive complexity in straight forward language. Clearly a talented educator
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Guest: Pern (3160 days ago)
Latest comment: not one of his best moments
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Latest comment: not one of his best moments
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Guest: Bob (4127 days ago)
Did he mean his chair was magnetic?
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Did he mean his chair was magnetic?
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Guest: (4053 days ago)
yes that is why one cannot phase through a chair. electromagnetism is the force that stops objects from going through each other on the macro scale.
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yes that is why one cannot phase through a chair. electromagnetism is the force that stops objects from going through each other on the macro scale.
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Guest: Cal (4129 days ago)
This was a similar answer I got when I asked him for a pay raise
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This was a similar answer I got when I asked him for a pay raise
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Guest: brisbane (4128 days ago)
He would make a good politition, always avoiding the question with utter bullsh1t. JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION YOU DUMBSH1T.
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He would make a good politition, always avoiding the question with utter bullsh1t. JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION YOU DUMBSH1T.
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Guest: wow... (3948 days ago)
except his answer is NOTHING like that of a politician. Quite the opposite. That's one one the dumbest comments I've ever seen. Which is quite an achievement. Well done... fkin dumb4ss
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except his answer is NOTHING like that of a politician. Quite the opposite. That's one one the dumbest comments I've ever seen. Which is quite an achievement. Well done... fkin dumb4ss
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Guest: Your name (4127 days ago)
What's a politition?
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What's a politition?
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Guest: minkey (4128 days ago)
Oh god... Somebody shove that bloody plant in his gob!!!
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Oh god... Somebody shove that bloody plant in his gob!!!
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