Daily Lessons for Teaching Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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Lesson 1 (from Vitals | Part 1: He Fixes Radios by Thinking!)

Objective

Vitals | Part 1: He Fixes Radios by Thinking!

The objective of this lesson is understanding what Feynman calls his "puzzle drive"--the part of him that longs to find the solution to puzzles.

Lesson

1. Discuss as a class how as a child Feynman is hired to fix the radio in a hotel (which turns out to be owned and operated by his aunt). What is his fascination with radios? What experiments does he do with them? How does his young mind already think like a scientist?

2. Answer in two to three paragraphs: Why is Feynman hired by many other people around town to fix radios? Why does he suspect his services were in demand? How did this experience greatly enhance his technical skills? What does he discover about his thought process during this experience?

3. He credits his success in fixing radios to what he calls his "puzzle...

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