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

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: 11.9 x 9 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,350 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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144 of 147 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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112 of 115 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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138 of 156 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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18 of 20 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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17 of 19 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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10 of 10 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book seemed good, but I returned it December 8, 2012
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Four or five stars for the book. But I only got through the first few pages.

The pages are glossy, highly reflective, and the font is very small, while the margin is wide and pages not well utilized. 1 star for the execution.

I recommend the books from the little that I read, just not this edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good book. my friend said it was good and it was about physics. 10/10 would read
Published 7 days ago by Aaron Hong
5.0 out of 5 stars Feynman is back!
Thank you Amazon for giving us the opportunity to own this beautiful set of Feynman's lectures. WOW! I never dreamed I would ever be able to have his lectures. Read more
Published 11 days ago by EJR
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Physics lectures
This is the version I want to collect even when I become a professor later. Very classic and best introduce the physical pictures.
Published 16 days ago by M. Ji
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
I am still in the process of reading this trilogy and I find myself not being able to put these books down, but we are talking about one of the greatest teachers of all time(in my... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Russell K. Makar
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Feynman's greatness
Great book, what would you expect from Richard Feynman? It's superbly well written and his brilliance makes any subject easy
Published 25 days ago by Ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit expansive, but it was worth the money.
Feynman makes it easy to really understand. It is a shame that the lectures were not video recorded, but that was not possible 50 years ago.
Published 29 days ago by Frank Bosch
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have Physics collection
Explanation made simple for ease of reading, I recommend any undergraduate to take reference from while studying for their physics module. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joel Ong
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
This series explains phenomena in very fundamental ways so one can understand the basic mechanism of how these things work. I recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Rick Gabriel
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 3 months 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 3 months ago by jac scheeres
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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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