Richard Feynman was one of the most influential American physicists
of the 20th century, expanding greatly the theory of quantum
electrodynamics. As well as being an inspiring lecturer and amateur
musician, he helped in the development of the atomic bomb and was
later a member of the panel which investigated the Space Shuttle
Challenger disaster. For his work on quantum electrodynamics, Feynman
was one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1965,
along with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned as Emperor of the French at
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
1915 Albert Einstein published the general theory of relativity.
1942 Led by Enrico Fermi, a Manhattan Project team at the University
of Chicago initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain
1961 Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared that he is a Marxist-Leninist
and that Cuba was going to adopt Communism.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Ooh, with a little luck-- December will be magic again." ~ Kate Bush