meeting: Sat 3/28 at 7pm at Lena's
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
by Richard P. Feynman
As I was musing about our dinner theme I was struck by Feynman's explanation that naming something is not the same thing as knowing a thing. That is, knowing what something's called is not knowing what it's about. In the book, Feynman reminisced about nature walks with his dad where his dad did not just tell him the name of birds they saw - he asked questions about their nature. He taught Feynman that curiosity was the key to understanding and that finding things out was indeed a pleasure - especially when those things eluded understanding -- like why the ball rolled backwards in his wagon when he was pulling it forward.
This idea of naming vs. knowing reminded me of the title of the biography on Robert Irwin by Lawrence Weschler: "Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees" that we read in August 2004. Though, art and the visual world were the focus, not physics.
In honor of Feynman's love of asking questions about things, our dinner theme will be "dishes that pique your curiosity".
The group ate dinner by candlelight in celebration of Earth Hour from 8:30-9:30pm.