mercredi 6 juin 2012


I was reading this great comic book on Feynman, by Ottaviani and Myrick, check this article for instance, fascinating.
If you don't know Feyman, I guess one could describe him as a "cool" physicist. Somehow at the antipodes of Sheldon from the big bang theory. Of course nobel price, etc... yet living the full life, music, beach, parties. More important he, like Einstein, had a true understanding of Physics, rather than of its equations. Corollary: he also possessed this rare talent for teaching it too. The Feynman lectures on Physics is a book somewhere between the Bible and a good novel, that is to say a reference and a pleasure to read.
Anyway, page 204 of this comic book, Feyman, whilst giving a lecture to a crowd of Physics neophytes and explaining the interaction of light with material, has the following strange words: "that's the theory. You don't like it? tough, because that's the theory". This simple statement, just put the finger on why I struggled at some point during my Physics studies. I guess I just didn't like the theories, they were unsatisfying. There has to be a more elegant way to describe the world ;-)

vendredi 13 avril 2012

Uh no I cried again - but I think I am not the only one ;-)

This video really makes me cry, no matter how often I watch it. Since having kids, I've turned a bit into a softy - I even cried in Toy Story 3. Should I blame it on a chronical lack of sleep, on permanent tiredness and escalating moments of stress? Sure. That's the lame excuse.

The truth is that video has captured the essence of life and it has done it so beautifully, without a word.
Life is a waltz. It comes and goes.
Fast pacing, enthusiastic, full of hope; those moments in life where you feel in control and give it a swing - a birth, a house, a dream... everything is possible again, life is beautiful.
Slow, steady, and the years go by. Without realising it, you have forgotten about your dreams, too busy focusing on the moment, too busy following the stream and the narrow path you have set before you.
And then it stops for a moment and the unexpected arrived. Destinity is not always agreeable. The horizon has changed in a sudden twist.

This video puts it all in perspective, and I can relate to it. That's why it makes me cry so much.