科學家的愛

費曼最愛的妻子阿琳在醫院對他說:「你管別人怎麼想?」

What do you care what other people think?

費曼當時因為介意其他人對自己的看法而苦惱。阿琳告訴他,不用介意別人的評價,要忠於自己。

阿琳過世後,費曼寫了兩本自傳(都是他口述然後朋友幫他寫出來)。第二本的書名,就是這句話。

阿琳患的是肺癆,在當時是不治之症。雖然父母反對,費曼仍然在醫院與阿琳結婚。

費曼並沒有趕及見阿琳最後一面。費曼很傷心,但卻沒有哭。直到幾個月後,費曼看見時裝店櫥窗裡的一條裙,心想阿琳一定會喜歡,終於泣不成聲。

阿琳生前很喜歡與費曼寫信。阿琳死後一年半,費曼寫了一封最後的信給他的太太。費曼自己一直收藏著這封信,直到他1988年離世後人們才把它打開。

信中充滿費曼對阿琳的愛。最後一句,費曼寫道:「請原諒我沒有把信寄出。我不知道你的新地址啊。」

PS Please excuse my not mailing this — but I don’t know your new address.

延伸閱讀:

費曼給阿琳的最後情信

好奇心和誠實:理查.費曼 (Richard P. Feynman)》- 余海峯

封面圖片:費曼與阿琳,取自 richard-feynman.net

By David Yu

David Yu is the father of Simba and an Astrophysicist. He obtained his PhD in Astrophysics from the Max Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany. He was formerly a postdoc at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and is currently a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong. He served as the host of the RTHK TV31 programme Science Night, the Depute Editor-in-Chief of the Taiwanese Science Magazine Physics Bimonthly, and the Science Consultant of Stand News. The books he authored include Dr David’s 21 Mysteries of The Universe (2021), Space – A Down-to-Earth Astrophysicist (2021), Time – A Spacetime Journey of Astronomy and Physics (2019), and Secrets from the Stars (2017).

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