Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Deviant Science, Part 7

"The hotel room is very small, with cheap furniture, very high ceiling (15 feet), old water spots on the walls, plaster showing through where bed rubs wall, etc. It reminds me of an old 'Grand Hotel' in New York--their faded cotton bedspread covering bumpy bed, etc. But the bathroom fixtures (faucets etc.) are bright and shiny--which confused me--for they seemed relatively new in this old hotel. I finally found out--the hotel is only three years old--I had forgotten about their ability to build old things."

-- Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman, edited by Michelle Feynman, Basic Books, New York, 2005, pg.136. Feynman is writing about his trip to Warsaw, Poland for a conference, 1962.

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