Richard Feynman on Question Formulation

How we frame a question both constrains and frees our creativity1,2. The form of the question itself either encourages or precludes certain types of answers. Some forms of questions encourage shallow, quick answers while others encourage you to dig deeper into a topic.

In this video, Richard Feynman— lecturer, physicist, and self-professed womanizer— discusses why questions in an attempt to understand magnetic force.

I note Feynman’s womanizing here, rather than removing this entry, because you’ll eventually come across him, quotations from him, or tributes to him. 99% of those will knowingly or unknowingly gloss over his flaws while promoting his contributions to science, writing, and culture. I think you should know the whole story.