Nobel Prize Winner Worked In A Strip Joint

Really. Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman enjoyed working in a strip joint...but not as a performer.

As described in his book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! while a professor at Caltech, he used a nude/topless bar as an office writing physics equations on paper placemats.


When county officials tried to close the place, all the regulars except Feynman refused to testify in favor of the bar, fearing that their families would learn of their visits. Feynman accepted, and in court affirmed that the bar was a public need, stating that craftsmen, technicians, engineers, common workers, "and a physics professor" frequented the establishment.

While the bar lost the case, it was allowed to remain open as a similar case was pending appeal.

Feynman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, together with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, for developing a way to understand the behavior of subatomic particles using pictorial tools that later became known as Feynman diagrams.

In this Feynman diagram, an electron and positron annihilate producing a virtual photon that becomes a quark-antiquark pair. Then one radiates a gluon. (Time goes left to right.)

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