Ms. Buelah E. Cox

Williamsburg, Virgina

Dear Ms. Cox:

Your instructor was right not to give you any points, for your answer was wrong, as he demonstrated using Gauss’s law. You should, in science, believe logic and arguments, carefully drawn, and not authorities. You also read the book correctly and understood it. I made a mistake, so the book is wrong. I probably was thinking of a grounded conducting sphere, or else of the fact that moving the charges around in different places inside does not affect things on the outside. I am not sure how I did it, but I goofed. And you goofed, too, for believing me.

We were both unlucky.

For the future I wish you good luck with your studies in Physics.


Richard P. Feynman

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