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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat [Paperback]

by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, Matthew Sands
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February 11, 1977 0201021161 978-0201021165 1
This three-volume work was originally designed for a two-year introductory physics course given at the California Institute of Technology--a course designed to take advantage of students' increasing mathematical prowess and to provide a more comprehensive view of modern-day physics. The volumes are an edited version of Richard Feynman's lectures, taped and transcribed specifically for the books. It was a rigorous undertaking that resulted in a classic reference work for all physics students, teachers, and researchers. Feynman's effective classroom style remains intact in these volumes, a valuable work by a remarkable educator. The three-volume commemorative issue is hardbound and packaged in a specially-designed slipcase. The lectures are also available in a student paperbound edition.


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Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.
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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (February 11, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201021161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201021165
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a review of the AUDIO BOOK ON TAPE - despite Amazon's placement of this review on the printed book web-page.

Here's what you get:
Six hours of Feynman lecturing (in his characteristic idiosyncratic demeanor) to freshman & sophomore undergraduate students at Caltech during the first few years of 1960. I was born about 30 miles away from the CALTECH campus in the same year he was giving some of these lectures.
It is decidedly pleasant to listen to the obvious delight this brilliant man has for teaching. For example, his voice rises and falls in tempo, volume and pitch whenever gets enthusiastic about the wonderful knowledge he knows he is passing on to you, the student. Once in a while he chuckles at his own occasional mistakes and inside jokes. Sometimes he takes great pains to apologize for the incomprehensibility of historically "Old School" conventions in scientific notation & units. This will lead you to believe in his sincere sympathy for being on the receiving side of this detailed, if not convoluted, sea of information. Once in a while he will make an admission that he doesn't know it all - a humble trait I find charming. Nonetheless, his enthusiasm is contagious and you will feel blessed to have heard his original approach to such literally wonderful subjects.
Back to what it is that you get in these recorded audio lectures. The audio volume contains six cassettes, each of which is one classroom hour long. There is absolutely no audio editing of the background noise however the publisher announces the date, lecture title, and where each chapter subsection begins. It is interesting to hear the background noise of the students when they file in and out of the lecture hall and towards the end of each lecture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic audio of a physics legend August 12, 2011
Format:Audible Audio Edition
The audio for the Feynman Lectures on Physics Volume 1 was awesome. The audio is from various lectures that he gave in 1963 at the California Institute of Technology. This is from the same famous Feynman who's famous in physics, so it was awesome to listen to his actual lectures.

Feynman has a very old-school, New York accent, and he's great to listen to. I might play this lecture instead of music at my next 70s party, just to add thick atmosphere fast.

The material was over my head, but I liked listening to it anyway. Even though this is the basics of Quantum Mechanics, it's still pretty complex stuff. But, Feynman makes it as understandable as possible, and gives real life examples, especially considering that it is almost 50 years old. I liked it a lot better than my college physics classes. I'll definitely listen to this again when I learn more about quantum mechanics.

Pros:
+Lots of info about quantum mechanics
+Very entertaining, and very nice to listen to
+For 50-year old audio, recorded in a lecture hall, this audio was incredible!

Cons:
-He keeps referring to stuff he's drawing on a board, which I obviously couldn't see on the audio book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius and Humanity October 18, 2007
Format:Hardcover
R.P. Feynman was more than just a physicist with a staggering intuitive understanding of the machinery of complex equations and physical laws, he was also very human and sane and filled with simple awe at the natural world. If you want to begin to understand the kind of genius he had, and to feel his enthusiasm for teaching, then buy the first book of this set. It is the easiest to follow since it deals with basic physics for the most part. If you have a solid physics background, and/or a high IQ, then venture forth into volume two and three.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sends chills down my spine.. March 2, 1999
Format:Audio Cassette
It is March 1999 and I am listening to September 1963's Richard Feymann - him obviously being in a very good mood - giving a lecture on basic quantumn physics. Wow! I have read the books that are based on these lectures but hearing Feynman himself gives me the chills. This guy enjoys the stuff and is capable of transfering this joy to his audience. No surprise his lectures became legendary. (Wish my physics professors had been a little bit more like this guy and less like tibetan monks :) One question remains - why the heck have these tapes been published so late? Gimme more - please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feynman is still relavant. Priceless. August 9, 2013
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
Purchased in November 1998 and I have not found a better physics audio. It was worth it and I have bought the book and now the audible subscription. Best investment in physics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars satisfaction with order January 8, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We received the order rapidly and it was in good shape. I can't say I love it because of its subject matter, but it is what I wanted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but practical to buy? March 2, 2012
By S. O.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was intriqued by some things I had been reading about feynman, so I purchaced vol 1 and 2 of the series.
It may be better to get an up to date textbook if youre out to learn, but to collect and look over, this is good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth just because of content. April 25, 2011
By Lexa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What to say, it is the Feynman Lectures.
The print itself is nice, but not suitable for studying. The book would fall apart if a student would use it for studying. Since I got it just as a reference book, the quality of bonding and print is satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my fiance
I bought this to finish his collection. He loves it and is very happy with the condition of the book.
Published 1 month ago by anna cowfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Feynman's treament of mechanics, with an especially good discussion of...
My father-in-law had Richard Feynman as his quantum mechanics professor in physics graduate school at Cornell the late 1940's. According to him, "Feynman was a very good teacher! Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by Ulfilas
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Feynman's Lectures on Physics Vol. 1
This book provided me with aditional insights on some of the basics on physics. There is an abriged version on sale at Barnes & Noble, but I recomend this complete version. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by Paul M. Sund
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pleasure of Finding Out That Physics Is Pleasurable...
These lectures are a treat. Feynman's spirit in these lectures is unmistakable. Back in the day, I slogged through Haliday & Resnick, and appreciated the experience, but ... Read more
Published on March 29, 2010 by FGBartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
This book is an classic in the area of physics. Anyone who likes physics should read it. Feynman makes everything much more simple to understand.
Published on July 20, 2008 by Fernanda M. G. Rego
4.0 out of 5 stars Table of Contents
Recorded April - Sept 1963, Cal Tech
Cassette 1 - V1 Ch2 Basic Physics
Cassette 2 - V3 Ch1 Quantum Behavior
Cassette 3 - V3 Ch2 The Relation of Wave and Particle... Read more
Published on September 16, 2001 by dick
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