The Quest for Tannu Tuva (1988)

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    Richard Feynman

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    United Kingdom USA

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Made shortly before his death in February 1988, the American physicist Richard Feynman relates the story of his fascination with Tannu Tuva, a remote country on the edge of the Mongolian-USSR border, which few westerners have ever seen, and where nomads perform a strange type of harmonic throat-singing. He also talks about his role in identifying the cause of the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster, and his love of deciphering Mayan hieroglyphics, and plays the bongos.

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