In 1981, when science journalist Marcus Chown was an undergraduate physics student, his mother watched a profile of Richard Feynman on the BBC series Horizon. She had never shown an interest in science before, and he wanted to encourage her, so when he advanced to Caltech to study astrophysics, he told Feynman of his mother’s interest and asked him to send her a birthday note. She received this:
Happy Birthday Mrs. Chown!
Tell your son to stop trying to fill your head with science — for to fill your heart with love is enough!
Richard P. Feynman (the man you watched on BBC “Horizons”)