Why vs. How (or the Agony and Ecstasy of Magnets via Richard Feynman)

Continuing our Quantum Computing Crash (Collision?) Course to get you ready for our upcoming performance of BOUNDED IN A NUTSHELL (help us BUILD A NUTSHELL HERE) –

So…after a bit of a hiatus (of, like, 2 years) I am back in that deliriously loopy world called BOUNDED IN A NUTSHELL.  Working on a new draft after a lovely workshop reading with NYC-based FRESH PRODUCE’D a little while ago.

It’s truly remarkable the changes that have been made in computing in the several years that have passed since I began pecking away at NUTSHELL in earnest.

AND YET…some of the same questions still linger.  Even as we discover more about the “how” of the universe, do we truly understand more of the “why?”  And, ultimately, is the question of “why” something that science simply can’t address.

Want to know “how?”  Yes, science has an equation or an explanation.  Want to know “why?”  My gut tells me that’s the realm of another discipline entirely.  Religion?  Spirituality?  Art?  Perhaps.  These are disciplines that seem far more interested in the “why” of our lives and our universe than the “how.”

Getting back to the lab and rebuilding a NUTSHELL with some fantastic theatrical artists.

In honor of our return to the lab, enjoy the irrepressible (and joyously listenable) Richard Feynman answer the seemingly simple question of “Why do magnets attract and repulse each other?”

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