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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition [Hardcover]

by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, Matthew Sands
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January 4, 2011 0465023827 978-0465023820 Slp
"The whole thing was basically an experiment," Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning a book that has remained a definitive introduction to physics for decades. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. Now, we are reintroducing the printed books to the trade, fully corrected, for the first time ever, and in collaboration with Caltech. Timeless and collectible, the lectures are essential reading, not just for students of physics but for anyone seeking an introduction to the field from the inimitable Feynman.

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Richard P. Feynman was Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize for his work on the development of quantum field theory. He was also one of the most famous and beloved figures of the twentieth century, both in physics and as a public intellectual.

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  • Hardcover: 1552 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Slp edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465023827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465023820
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 4.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard P. Feynman was born in 1918 and grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. At the age of seventeen he entered MIT and in 1939 went to Princeton, then to Los Alamos, where he joined in the effort to build the atomic bomb. Following World War II he joined the physics faculty at Cornell, then went on to Caltech in 1951, where he taught until his death in 1988. He shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1965, and served with distinction on the Shuttle Commission in 1986. A commemorative stamp in his name was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.

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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These lectures were meant for physics students January 1, 2011
This 3-volume, 1963 - 1965 edition of Nobel-prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's lectures to Caltech freshmen and sophomores has been part of my library ever since I was introduced to them as textbooks in my undergraduate physics classes. Volume I concentrates on mechanics, radiation, and heat; Volume II on electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III on quantum mechanics.

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.
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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a note February 10, 2011
By Akkarin
Just a quick note on the Millennium edition of the Feynman lectures box set: It does not contain Tips on physics, however, they are working on a revised edition of Tips on physics with over 900 extra pages that should be done by the end of 2011. It is likely to be released both separately and in a box set with the millennium edition books.
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136 of 154 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous print. March 19, 2011
By M. Lu
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This version is printed on glossy paper, so it is not easy to eyes, the print also is lighter compared with my friend's older version. So if you want to read it instead of just collecting it, you perhaps should buy version from 2005 or 1971.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The conversion to electronic format is impressive. November 3, 2012
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I have spent more time with the Feynman Lectures on Physics than with any other book or set of volumes on any subject. I am most familiar with the first volume, only because I haven't found the time to spend on the other two.

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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a reason it is so expensive November 7, 2011
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Of all the physics textbooks currently available on the market, this one seems to be the best at explaining phenomena and challenging the reader to think creatively about the material. The only gripe I can possibly give about this series is that there is a distinct lack of problem sets, which can lead to more artistic studying rather than actually putting the legwork into understanding physics. This can be solved by purchasing one of the many books out there that are almost entirely problems, and using them to help you keep up with Feynman's lectures.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars got a hug December 15, 2012
By zoezoo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought these books for my son as a present for good grades- he asked for them. They seemed expensive to me but how many kids want physics books? These are nice solid books and I expect he'll have them for the rest of his life. They have a feel and a heft that seems to convey the essence of the subject. He's happy and all I can say for myself is the day these books arrived he opened the box took them out and looked at them, then he walked over and without a word gave me a hug. Yes, I love this purchase.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum Opus of Feynman January 3, 2012
Freshman lectures by one of the great physicist of all times. Feynman's teaching style is just incredible. He gives new perspectives to classical ideas in physics. This book is for anyone who has interests in science or who loves nature and wants to learn more about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feynman always excellent
Glossy paper. I most enjoyed the original 10 volume set. The true volume collection is not as thorough because it leaves out some topics. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pegasus-rtf
4.0 out of 5 stars quantum mechanics
this will come in handy. i was thinking of souping up the accelerator on my bicycle. i'm going to the other side of the big bang, just before it happened.
Published 1 month ago by jac scheeres
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read
I picked this up from Amazon about a year ago, and have so far read all of Volume 1 and about half of Volume 2. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Asaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Feynman Collection.
I am very pleased with this edition of the Feynman Lectures on physics. Perfect for the Feynman enthusiast. Great for supplemental learning.
Published 1 month ago by Ross Cloninger
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for my fiance
Bought this for my fiance. He loves it, he's been wanting the whole series for a long time. I am happy with the condition of the book.
Published 1 month ago by anna cowfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Physics From the Master
The mathematician Niels Abel (1802 – 1829) said that his knowledge of mathematics came from reading papers by Euler, Gauss, and other great mathematicians. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Larry Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Feynman Lectures.
A quality collection of Feynman lectures. Binding and printing are first class. I bought them for my son, an avid Feynman student. He loved them.
Published 2 months ago by Stan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lectures
Feynman's lectures are very good. He can really communicate complex subject very well. This is a must read for anyone who wants to know how it all works.
Published 3 months ago by ColoradoEngineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect science textbook
Feynman was apart of a committee back in the day where they would review these textbooks for elementary and high schools and recommend which books the school should get. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Work
Great introduction into quantum mechanics. Feynman give a simple introduction into a complex topic and he shows the relation to the daily life. Readable for everybody.
Published 4 months ago by Juergen Weichenberger
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11' vs 05' Version
This edition (get the second printing if possible) has more than 800 corrections in it. There is an errata list at

The new edition has been reset in LaTex, probably in preparation for an electronic edition. The Tips on Physics book is not included in the new edition. ... Read more
Nov 28, 2011 by George V. Woodrow III |  See all 3 posts
What is different about the original edition and revised edition?
The original edition has errata which were addressed in the revisions.
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