Feynman's Ode to the Wonder of Life

posted by Jason Kottke Apr 25, 2022

In the last installment of a video series called The Universe in Verse, Maria Popova, Yo-Yo Ma, and Kelli Anderson have collaborated on a video that features words spoken by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman in a 1955 speech, a poem of sorts on the wonder of life.

Deep in the sea, all molecules repeat the patterns of one another till complex new ones are formed. They make others like themselves... and a new dance starts.

Growing in size and complexity... living things, masses of atoms, DNA, protein... dancing a pattern ever more intricate.

Out of the cradle onto the dry land... here it is standing... atoms with consciousness... matter with curiosity.

Lovely. And of course I love the visuals by Kelli Anderson.