- Paperback: 1552 pages
- Publisher: Pearson P T R; 1st Edition edition (June 1, 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201021153
- ISBN-13: 978-0201021158
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 350 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics (3 Volume Set) 1st Edition 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.
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.
Prosody, philosophy and physics. Autodidacts and self-starters will be pleased.
The layout is well-crafted, the language is timeless (not archaic, despite being written a half-century ago), and the development (exposition) of the content is arranged to accommodate "cover-to-cover" study, intermittent consumption, or to serve as reference. In fact, some Lectures (chapters) point to previous Lectures "for review" - helpful if you want to start from the middle.
Though pre-exposure to- (or familiarity with- ) Calculus (particularly integral), Vector analysis, Probability, and other mathematical disciplines, operations/transformations/functions/series (Lorentz, Fourier, Number Theories, etc.) may help "feel out" the proofs more intuitively, each is presented with its corresponding Physical principle, as the need arises.
In fact, this reviewer finds the coverage of mathematics (which contains many proofs) to be as lucid and well-reasoned as the Physics content!
For putting together a working knowledge of Physics, in the pursuit of other interests, this reviewer continues to be excited by the lessons in these books.
No doubt they will be admired by many other audiences, too.
Then of course, no thing is for everyone. It gets deep quickly, and may be more thorough than some folks need or want. It's an overview in some sense, but the methodology is intense and takes a LOT OF MATH. Be sure you know what you're buying before you get into it!