- Series: Frontiers in Physics S
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Westview Press (June 20, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813340381
- ISBN-13: 978-0813340388
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Feynman Lectures On Gravitation (Frontiers in Physics S) 0th Edition
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In these two examples, Feynman linked an allegedly abstract particle, the 'quantum' graviton, with particle decay phenomenology. This is the strength of this volume. I.e. very precise calculations
The negative, if you can call it that, is that Feynman has in this book, no coverage of the CMBR. I.e. he COULD NOT POSSIBLY know of it. The book, is dated, badly dated, in parts, while other calculations inter relate with amazingly contemporary issues.
I.e., if one picks and chooses, many of the calculations are very contemporary in terms of what they say, albeit, that Feynman did ALL of this with NO knowledge of contemporary cosmology. and Inflation.
My gripe, is that some of the ideas are old hat, but others are still amazingly pertinent. In all, considering the year, i.e. this 50 year old reference is a gem.
Just like other Feynman lectures, there is an underlining "what if" way of thinking and playful discussions of the possibilities.
and he gave a Feynman diagram for the classical tensor 4d
plane wave interpretation. The more modern "virtual"
particle as a gauge interaction particle like an Higgs boson or weak field bosons is missing.
The idea that a graviton may be a virtual vector -tensor boson with an U(1)*SU(2)/quaternion
group interpretation relates the theory more closely with weak field interpretations.
Feyman is a very good teacher and explains thje equations and the units used very well compared
to the same sort of coverage in the old Weinberg Gravitation and Cosmology classic text.