Richard Feynman Nanotechnology Lecture

Richard Feynman gave his famous talk “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” on December 29th 1959 at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as his vision on how physics and engineering could move in the direction that could eventually create nanotechnology. Really good ideas and strokes of genius are often manifest in the right questions being asked: How small can information be encoded? How can information be written? How can information it be read? All of these important “Hows” were asked by Feynman in a time when computers had to be put in large rooms and when the impending space race was forcing engineers to do some serious strategic thinking in making technology small enough to be lifted by rockets into space to function as serious tools in scientific exploration and defence. Feynman himself may not have invented the technology we see in the development and continuity of the computer age, but the fact that even in the early 1960’s nanotechnology was being considered as a serious field of study was definitely a factor contributing to the boom in computer technology seen in the late 20th century and continues to reach more spectacular levels of sophistication in the 21st century. In this lecture, Feynman tries to retell his 1959 lecture from a more modern perspective in that many aspects of his vision have been full filled, particularly with the invention of the electron microscope, the atomic force

17 thoughts on “Richard Feynman Nanotechnology Lecture

  1. I feel like I am sitting in on the lecture, visiting from the future, just smiling and thinking “Just wait a few years Richard, you will see just how right you are.”

  2. gotta love the hippie-NewAge question about the “spirituality” of anti-matter or something. “oh, you can have anything you like… as long as I’m not watching” Genius. 🙂

  3. Richard Feynman’s lectures and talks are some of the most precious things that we have. As good as the best films, books, music, and laws. He was a great man, with a flair for oratory and explanation.

  4. Such a smart man. Have you noticed that when truly bright people explain stuff they keep off the jargon. RF wanted people to understand what he was talking about rather than impressing them with his intellect. Every public speaker could learn a little something here. Thanks for posting this one Mu. I’m enjoying your channel.

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