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All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life
October 20, 2018 - March 3, 2019
The brilliant and multi-faceted life of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman, will be showcased at ArtScience Museum in a brand new exhibition to be unveiled on 20 October.
Curated and produced by ArtScience Museum, in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Nobel Museum in Sweden, All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life celebrates the extraordinary achievements of Feynman. It is developed to mark Feynman’s centenary, which is being celebrated around the world this year, with conferences and festivities, including a major scientific conference, Richard Feynman at 100 (22 – 24 October), at NTU.
All Possible Paths will show how Feynman contributed to our understanding of the mechanisms of the universe, through his pioneering work on quantum mechanics. Feynman was known for his work in quantum mechanics, the basis of modern physics, and for many technological advances that now support our everyday lives.
All Possible Paths will also showcase a collection of Feynman’s personal items, documents and letters, on loan from institutions and individuals from around the world.
Presented in four thematic sections, All Possible Paths transports visitors into the world of one of the world’s most important scientists of modern times.
The first section of the exhibition takes visitors on a journey into Feynman’s eventful life. Some of Feynman’s diverse interests included playing the bongo drums, cracking safes, a fascination with the small Russian republic of Tuva, and painting. Feynman discovered his passion for painting after a series of good-natured arguments on art and science with his artist friend, Jirayr Zorthian. Zorthian gave Feynman art lessons in return for physics lessons. Visitors to the show will get a rare glimpse of personal letters, family photos, Feynman’s famous bongo drums, and a number of his paintings, which are being exhibited outside of the United States for the first time.
A much-loved professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Feynman was a spellbinding communicator of science. His flair for explaining complex scientific theories in an accessible and exciting way earned him the moniker, “The Great Explainer”. Visitors to All Possible Path will have the opportunity to experience a series of Feynman’s lectures in the second section of the exhibition. They will witness first-hand Feynman’s showmanship, accompanied by his clever and vivid explanations, which captivated his audiences.
In the third section of the exhibition, ArtScience Museum will present scientific topics core to Feynman’s work. Feynman, unlike other theoretical physicists, had a visual approach to the problems he was trying to solve. The section will see scientific concepts paired with artworks made by contemporary artists which will take visitors deeper into the science. The artists include, British digital artist, Markos R. Kay, Belgian artist, Frederik de Wilde, Thailand-based Japanese media artist, Eiji Sumi, Russian media artist, ::vtol::, American data visualisation pioneer, Edward Tufte, German artists from the nano+art competition and Malaysian artist, Jun Ong.
Drawing inspiration from Feynman’s way of thinking, the artworks act as an introduction to quantum mechanics and provide artistic representations of six important scientific areas: Parton Theory, Weak Force, Quantum Electrodynamics, Feynman Diagrams, Nanotechnology and Quantum Computers.
The final section of the exhibition examines how Feynman’s scientific contributions helped re-interpret physics and supported research that led to several more Nobel Prizes. Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek’s hand-drawn Feynman diagrams have been animated and will be shown for the first time in All Possible Paths. A video depicting a celebration for Feynman in Tuva will also be shown, allowing visitors to comprehend the far-reaching impact of Feynman’s legacy in one of the most remote parts of the world.