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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition Slp Edition
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Volume I: the first three chapters ("Atoms in Motion," "Basic Physics," and "The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences") were meant by Feynman to outline the relationship of physics to other sciences, and other sciences to each other, and to discuss the overall meaning of `Science.' Here in the introduction to Volume I, Feynman iterates one of his most-quoted ideas on science: "If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis...that `all things are made of atoms--little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another.'"
There are 52 chapters in Volume I, from "Atoms in Motion" to "Symmetry in Physical Laws." It would be well to remember that this book and its fellows are not meant to be read in isolation. Rather the lectures were connected with a series of experiments and demonstrations. As Feynman puts it: "The principle of science, the definition, almost, is the following: `The test of all knowledge is experiment.'"
Volume II: the first two-thirds of this series of lectures is devoted to a reasonably inclusive treatment of the physics of electricity and magnetism.Read more ›
Though there are more exact and rigorous formal treatments of virtual every topic Feynman treats, these are found in more advance texts, and/or scattered through many different books, no other single collection of physics books, that I know of, presents so much material in such a compelling and accessible form at the "introductory" level.
I recently purchased the New Millennium Edition, boxed set. The manufacturing quality is, in general, high. The books are solidly and attractively bound. I agree with another reviewer who found the font to be a bit on the light side; and combined with the glossiness of the pages, it is a bit of strain on my aging eyes. (Reading glasses help.) Nonetheless, the electronically formatted text, especially when it comes to the mathematical expressions is truly beautiful. All of the figures have also been converted to electronic format which makes them more crisp and clear. The conversion was a huge undertaking, executed deftly. I am genuinely impressed and grateful to the people who accomplished it.
Feynman was great at what he did, loved what he was doing and had fun doing it. That exuberance shines through in these volumes. The new format adds considerably to these invaluable volumes.
Good job, Mike, et al.!
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A little dated but still the best lecture series and reference book for physicsPublished 1 month ago by Robert S. Balaban
The content remains wonderful, but this Basic Books print version unfortunately sad. The ink on the page is very pale, almost as if it were photocopied rather than printed, so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Library Nerd
This is free to read online at http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/Published 1 month ago by Owen Brown
And printing edition is good enough, because it was an issue that worried me. But it is more than correct.
I'm very happy for this purchase. Read more
It is really a rare thing to have upper division/grad level physics summerized in a beautiful way as a handy reference/refresher. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christopher G. Maness
Feynman's explanations are clear and insightful, but his approach to these topics is dramatically different than most other physics books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Murray R Dunn
Sad unusable version of a classic. I read the reviews about the thin font, the shiny paper and the ridiculous margins, and thought, this must have been fixed since 2011! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles E. Bouldin