The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
I’ve begun reading a lot of biographies and history about Richard Feynman, a highly noted physicist who worked on noteable things like the atom bomb, graphical representations of subatomic particles, and pioneering quantum computing.
Below is a quote that really struck a deep chord in me. Maybe one day I’ll post a more in-depth thought on how I feel about it, but for now, I’ll leave you with this –
“I don’t like honors. I’m appreciated for the work that I did, and for people who appreciate it, and I notice that other physicists use my work. I don’t need anything else. I don’t think there’s any sense to anything else. I don’t see that it makes any point that someone … decides that this work is noble enough to receive a prize. I’ve already got the prize. The prize is the pleasure of finding the thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it. Those are the real things. The honors are unreal to me. I don’t believe in honors. It bothers me, honors. Honors is epilets, honors is uniforms.” – Richard Feynman