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Published on Apr 6, 2015
A 40 minute audio recording, restored with visual aids and diagrams, given by the legendary physicist and educator Richard Feynman on the history and development of the search for the fundamental structure of matter, from atomic physics to elementary particle physics.
I personally restored this audio and produced the video for anyone with an interest, or even just a mild curiosity, in the world of particle physics and what scientific discoveries has happened, and continues to happen, at particle accelerator facilities such as at Fermilab, SLAC and of course CERN. This is a good lecture for anyone who wants a relatively quick but concise lecture from one of the grand masters of the field of physics.
The story of how humanity's knowledge of matter, from the Periodic Table to the Standard Model of Particle Physics, developed is a very interesting one and shows that once we think we have found simplicity in physics, more complicated and unexpected phenomena and patterns occur again at a deeper level as nature does not give up its secrets so easily and never seems to let us get too complacent in our assumed mastery of a particular field. This has of course generated more and more discoveries and technological breakthroughs in their wake, accelerating our knowledge of matter and energy and increasing our power to manipulate it.