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Dressing Up Science: Richard Feynman And The Costume Parties Of Al Hibbs

31 Oct 2017, 14:01 UTC
Dressing Up Science: Richard Feynman And The Costume Parties Of Al Hibbs
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A costume of ‘Queen Elizabeth II,’ later revealed at the end of the night to be Richard Feynman (Anonymous source at Caltech).The perfect Halloween treat, from a genius to you.In contrast to Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, or Yale, the universities and other institutions of southern California have always offered a far more relaxed, informal culture. When you’re an easy drive from the pounding surf and glowing sand, and the weather is usually agreeable with sunbathing and snorkeling, it’s hard to spend all your time in laboratories and libraries. Even while walking the sun-washed streets of Pasadena — much closer to the mountains than to the ocean — and watching the palm trees sway in the gentle wind, thoughts of fun and frolic cannot help but interrupt any prolonged bout of utter seriousness.Richard Feynman and his family with their custom-painted van in Altadena, California (Symmetry Magazine).Richard “Dick” Feynman loved his life there, and so did his talented former student (and gambling fiend) Albert “Al” Hibbs. Throughout most of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, they lived relatively close to each other in the town of Altadena, north of Pasadena. Among scientists, Altadena was (and is) best known as the home of NASA’s Jet ...

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