Monday, June 4, 2012

Good Stuff. Part 2

"Just a few years ago I made friends with an artist and we had an agreement. I would teach him quantum mechanics and he would teach me drawing. We both did quite well, but he was a better teacher than I was."

"You know, I went in there to look at the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and I could see at once that one of those panels wasn't as good as the others. It just wasn't good. And then afterwards I looked in the guide-book and it said that particular one was painted by somebody else. That made me feel good. I always thought Art Appreciation was a lot of hokum, but now I found out I can do it myself."

-- Richard Feynman, as quoted by Freeman J. Dyson in "Most of the Good Stuff": Memories of Richard Feynman, Laurie M. Brown and John S. Rigden eds, American Institute of Physics, New York, 1993, pg 52.

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