- Series: Feynman Lectures on Physics (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley; Commemorative ed edition (January 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201510049
- ISBN-13: 978-0201510041
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Commemorative Issue, Volume 2: Mainly Electomagnetism and Matter Commemorative ed Edition
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Here is my assessment of the quality of printing of the new Millennium edition putting is side by side with the 1966 edition.
The binding is quite nice and the books are good looking. The pages are not glossy at all but the quality of paper is not great. The print however is not good at all. The letters are 'thin' and rickety and harder to read compared to the original red edition that has nice thick bold black letters printed. They are readable if direct light is shining on them, however, they do cause eye strain and require effort to read. All FLPs (old and new editions) have a lot of room on the right margin and this is nothing new. However, the left margin for the Millennium edition is too close to the spine making it awkward to read. The pictures are however, nicely done and so are the math, the formulas, and the equations. In short, the printing of the Millennium edition does not do justice to the excellent content. My advice for People who are contemplating purchasing the new millennium edition is to skip it and try to acquire one of the older versions in good condition and deal with the errata online. I have not decided yet whether to keep mine or send it back. I love FLP but the printing quality of the Millennium edition does leave a bad taste in mouth. I wanted to leave less than 3 stars for my review but it would not be fair to do so because of the excellent content.
Below is the set this review is for
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition
The new edition can be fully read online legally for free.
www dot feynmanlectures dot info
The errata for all editions can be found in the same website above
Below are the better printed edition (use errata from above)
The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Commemorative Issue, Three Volume Set
The Feynman Lectures on Physics including Feynman's Tips on Physics: The Definitive and Extended Edition
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Three Volume Set
The Feynman Lectures on Physics (3 Volume Set) (Set v)
The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Three Volume Set)
Basically any edition other than the Millennium hardcover or paperback edition should be good used with the errata posted above.
OK, I'll admit I spent 35 years developing system software and I have a life long love of math and science, but I think these lectures are accessible to anyone who wants to actually understand what physics is all about. Dr. Feynman is able to present the concepts in a way that gets past the "here's the formula, memorize it" approach that many introductory presentations have been reduced to. If you persist, you will be rewarded with an understanding of how all those odd sounding bits fit together and at least some idea of how it all works.
Taking on these three volumes is a daunting task, but if you truly want to grasp this material, you won't find a shorter or easier path to getting there. You can read all kinds of popularizations relating to the voodoo of quantum mechanics, the time twisting of relativity, and the unfathomability of the smallest and the largest scales of the universe, but if you want to glimpse the reality behind the magic you need to recognize that a lot of very, very smart people have spent the past few hundred years sorting it out. The fact that all this can be made comprehensible to us mere mortals at all is a major accomplishment.
First, I do not think these books are suitable for someone who does not already have background in the material. They move very quickly and don't spend enough time on any one topic to properly ingrain it into the mind. If you are trying to teach yourself from scratch, I would recommend a traditional textbook over these lectures. If you do decide to go with these, you will also have to buy a supplement like "Exercises for the Feynman Lectures on Physics" since the book doesn't have any problem sets.
Second, the books are showing their age. There were several points where for example a 3d graph would have made things much clearer, but due to the limitations of the time it wasn't possible to provide such a figure. There was an entire chapter on numerical calculation which is interesting purely in a historical manner now, as it teaches you how calculation was done before the availability of pocket calculators. There were a few points where Feynman stated that something wasn't figured out at the time, and I was left wondering if we had improved our understanding of it in the 50 years since. The fundamental material hasn't changed at all since Feynman gave the lectures, but there are still many small ways in which the age of the books are a detriment.
Finally, I agree with the other comments about difficult to read glossy paper, small print, and poor use of space.
However, if you are reading the Feynman Lectures with Kindle for the iPad, be aware you will be disappointed in the formatting -- when inline mathematical expressions are rendered, these formulas are not properly displayed. Speaking with the editor of the Feynman Lectures, he informs me that Amazon has not updated the Kindle software for the iPad to support the newer mobi standard (or Amazon delivers the old .mobi version to iPads instead of the newer .mobi standard?). He informs me that publishers generally are complaining to Amazon about this problem for some time.
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1. someone who must have this set
2. someone who don care about physics
I'm in 1st group!