Feynman and the play of learning

by John MacBeath Watkins

Psychologists have known for more than a century that mammals learn through play. Karl Groos, after all, wrote The Play of Animals in 1898 and The Play of Man in 1901.

But most professors seem to lose track of this as they become more prominent. How do I know this? My learning style, as it happens, involves challenging my teachers. This has caused me great strife in my life, as it wasn't until I was in graduate school that most teachers would accept this.

One of the few prominent intellectuals who seems to have retained this knowledge is Richard Feynman.

If only we could all have had him as a teacher. O, wait, we can, at least for 1 hour and 5 minutes.