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episode 577: The Vanishing Mr. Feynman

In his final years, Richard Feynman's curiosity took him to some surprising places. We hear from his companions on the trips he took — and one he wasn’t able to. (Part three of a three-part series.)


    • Alan Alda, actor and screenwriter.
    • Barbara Berg, friend of Richard Feynman.
    • Helen Czerski, physicist and oceanographer at University College London.
    • Michelle Feynman, photographer and daughter of Richard Feynman.
    • Cheryl Haley, friend of Richard Feynman.
    • Debby Harlow, friend of Richard Feynman.
    • Ralph Leighton, biographer and film producer.
    • Charles Mann, science journalist and author.
    • John Preskill, professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
    • Lisa Randall, professor of theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University.
    • Christopher Sykes, documentary filmmaker.
    • Stephen Wolfram, founder and C.E.O. of Wolfram Research; creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and the Wolfram Language.


    • Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science, by Lawrence M. Krauss (2011).
    • Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track: Selected Letters of Richard P. Feynman, edited by Michelle Feynman (2005).
    • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, by Richard Feynman (1999).
    • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan (1995).
    • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, by James Gleick (1992).
    • The Quest for Tannu Tuva, by Christopher Sykes (1988)
    • “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” by Richard Feynman and Ralph Leighton (1988).
    • The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-century Physics, by Robert Crease and Charles Mann (1986).
    • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, by Richard Feynman and Ralph Leighton (1985).
    • Fun to Imagine, BBC docuseries (1983).


  • EXTRAS: 
    • “The Brilliant Mr. Feynman,” by Freakonomics Radio (2024).
    • “The Curious Mr. Feynman,” by Freakonomics Radio (2024).

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