One too many Brits
By Hamish Johnston
One of the things that makes the British great is their love of eccentricity.
Which is why I was not particularly surprised when I came across a reference in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph to “the British physicist Richard Feynman”. The passage was in a review of Jim Baggot’s book Atomic: The First War of Physics.
Feynman was as American as they come — he was born in New York City and spent most of his career at Caltech near Los Angeles.
However, he was famously eccentric so I can understand why a Brit reading about his antics would assume Feynman is British.
I don’t think I am the only person to have spotted the error — but for some reason it has yet to be corrected in the online version
By the way, Physics World will be publishing its own review of the book shortly.