The Life Of Richard Feynman


Richard Feynman was a physicist who was born in Far Rockaway, near
New York City, in 1918. He lived there until he left to attend university
at the Michigan Institute of Technology. He studied there for four years,
and then went to Princeton University where he finished his studies. After
that, he moved to Los Alamos, Cornell, and lastly Caltech. During this
time, he was married three times. He died in 1988 from cancer.

Feynman's Work on the Bomb

After Feynman had graduated, at 24 years of age, he was recruited
as one of the many scientists to work on the construction of the atomic
bomb at Los Alamos; he had already developed a reputation for himself as a
young genius. Initially, he ...

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the directors of the theoretical division. Feynman had
written that there were four main questions that needed to be answered
before the work could progress.

1. How big must the bombs be? What is the critical mass and radius for each
material? 2. What material would best serve as a tamper? 3. How pure would
the uranium or plutonium have to be? 4. How much heat, light, and shock
would be created in a nuclear explosion?

This work was very difficult, mainly because the materials (uranium and
plutonium) whose properties they were trying to discover were not available
in sufficient quantities that they could perform experiments on them. So it
was the theorist's job to calculate the proper way to build a bomb without
actually having examined the material they were going to use. It was 6
months after the research had begun that the first sample of plutonium
director was Hans Bethe, the head of the Theoretical Division. After
Feynman's arrived. It was so small that it was barely large ...

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