The Pleasure of Finding Things out is the name of a bestselling book by the late Richard Feynman (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1965), and also a way to describe a certain type of joyful revelation at learning or discovering something new.
The original idea for this exhibition was to honor the 100th birthday of Feynman, whose enthusiasm for science and art has sparked that same joyful revelation in so many people over the last century, from scientists and academics to artists, entrepreneurs, and entertainers.
We used the Feynman Diagram, these famous 'pictures of stories' as the starting point for this project, and show these alongside visual and performing arts narratives that tell stories on similar themes. It's easy to appreciate art without being an expert, and we want people to see they can feel the same about physics.
Physicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of pulsars, when speaking of her childhood interest in physics, said, "You do not have to learn lots and lots ... of facts; you just learn a few key things, and ... then you can apply and build and develop from those."
Writer and science communicator Betsy Devine, and her husband, Frank Wilczek (Nobel Prize in Physics 2004), have spent decades sharing their passion for science, and this work is a testament to their infectious enthusiasm for finding things out.
This project started as a design sprint in the Nobel Museum in Stockholm in July 2017. It has also had continued help from and conversation with Stockholm University, the Nobel Museum, the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, and the team at Daresay.co. Finally, many creative educators, students, enthusiasts, and generous artists have helped bring this to life. have to learn lots and lots ... of facts; you just learn a few key things, and ... then you can apply and build and develop from those."