While we’re revisiting blog topics of the recent past, another item from this weekend’s visit to the Ithaca Sciencenter, in the form of the picture above. For those with images off, or who read via RSS and won’t see the picture, it’s a photo of one of the inspirational plaques they have lining the walls of their community room, honoring famous scientists. This particular one is for Richard Feynman, and what struck me about it was that the photo isn’t his Nobel Prize portrait, or him playing the bongos, but a somewhat grainy picture of him standing next to a telescope in the desert, pushing a baby carriage.
This seemed to fit very nicely with my recent-ish comment about Feynman and his kids, in the wake of the stroganoff scandal. I really like this, for reasons described in that old post, and can’t help wondering how that particular photo got picked, given that all the others were either formal head shots or cartoon representations of the honoree’s science. Feynman had a Cornell connection, of course, so it might be that the donor was a family friend, or something.
Anyway, that struck me, and I had a cell phone camera, so you get to see it, too. I’m not sure of the context– my weak Google skills were unable to turn up that picture online, and while I think it might’ve been in Gleick’s book, that’s in my office on campus– but I’m all in favor of a little more recognition of the fact that famous male scientists have families, too.