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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
+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!
-He keeps referring to stuff he's drawing on a board, which I obviously couldn't see on the audio book.
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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Nobody on this planet will need another Physics book , other than FeynMan's 1, 2, and 3Published 5 months ago by TS.
It really cannot be expressed how fortunate the world is that Richard Feynman was convinced to teach this class on Physics and someone actually had the foresight to record it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dirk Drudgler
I don't think there are words to describe how wonderful Richard Feynman's teaching style is. You'd have to get this book and experience it for yourself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anon
It is difficult to express my appreciation for this remarkably clear text, on a subject that is too often left to academics who use way too many words. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael MacPadtraig