Monday, May 04, 2009

The Sense of Humor

In the book-review column of a British newspaper, the American physicist Richard Feynman was mentioned as British [1]. I read about this in an article, which was written by Hamish Johnston and posted at the blog site of physicsworld.com [2]. If I had found this erroneous description about Feynman, I would simply have thought it a stupid error. However, Johnston starts his article by the sentence, "One of the things that makes the British great is their love of eccentricity," and writes, "[Feynman] was famously eccentric so I can understand why a Brit reading about his antics would assume Feynman is British." This is a really good sense of humor shown by the British person.
  1. Helen Brown, "Atomic: the First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-49 by Jim Baggott: review" Daily Telegraph (April 16, 2009).
  2. Hamish Johnston, "Surely you’re joking?" physicsworld.com Blog (April 22, 2009).

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