Friday, May 10, 2013

The Physics of Game

From "a brilliant physicist" and "inspiring communicator" whose "curiosity knew no bounds, and [whose] passion for explaining his scientific view of the world was highly contagious" — Richard Feynman: Life, the universe and everything:
    He became something of a womaniser, dating undergraduates and hanging out with show girls and prostitutes in Las Vegas. In a celebrated book of anecdotes about his life – Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman – the scientist recounts how he applied an experimental approach to chatting up women. Having assumed, like most men, that you had to start by offering to buy them a drink, he explains how a conversation with a master of ceremonies at a nightclub in Albuquerque one summer prompted him to change tactics. And to his surprise, an aloof persona proved far more successful than behaving like a gentleman.
[I first learned of Feynman from the nerds I taught at Korea's top university. He taught at the school, a mere two hours southeast of here, that the Tiger Mother of my kids has in mind for them to attend.]

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