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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat Paperback – February 11, 1977

ISBN-13: 978-0201021165 ISBN-10: 0201021161 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • 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: #93,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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I liked it a lot better than my college physics classes.
Joseph Dewey
If your going to listen to something you might as well learn something interesting.
Arnold Veness
It was worth it and I have bought the book and now the audible subscription.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Autodidact Andy on October 2, 2001
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 By Joseph Dewey TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Noel Rieder on 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 By Marc van Woerkom on 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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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Veness on August 18, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
August 18, 1999
After spending a good part of the last month listening to Richard Feynman's Physics lectures 1,3 and 4 I would like to raise my rating for these tapes to 5 (the highest possible).
Richard Feynman can really grow on you as you become part of his Physics class of 1961 - 1962. The audio level is well maintained throughout the series which was a problem in some of his earlier audio books.
I look forward to the University of Berkley California extending this Physics series continuously into new exciting topics.
For the Physics faculty who may be following these notes the tapes are used nightly for my 19 month old sons bedtime stories. Two hours a night, every night.
If your going to listen to something you might as well learn something interesting.
Thank you for creating this valuable series.
Arnold D Veness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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