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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat 1st Edition
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Six hours of Feynman lecturing (in his characteristic idiosyncratic demeanor) to freshman & sophomore undergraduate students at Caltech during the first few years of 1960. I was born about 30 miles away from the CALTECH campus in the same year he was giving some of these lectures.
It is decidedly pleasant to listen to the obvious delight this brilliant man has for teaching. For example, his voice rises and falls in tempo, volume and pitch whenever gets enthusiastic about the wonderful knowledge he knows he is passing on to you, the student. Once in a while he chuckles at his own occasional mistakes and inside jokes. Sometimes he takes great pains to apologize for the incomprehensibility of historically "Old School" conventions in scientific notation & units. This will lead you to believe in his sincere sympathy for being on the receiving side of this detailed, if not convoluted, sea of information. Once in a while he will make an admission that he doesn't know it all - a humble trait I find charming. Nonetheless, his enthusiasm is contagious and you will feel blessed to have heard his original approach to such literally wonderful subjects.
Back to what it is that you get in these recorded audio lectures. The audio volume contains six cassettes, each of which is one classroom hour long. There is absolutely no audio editing of the background noise however the publisher announces the date, lecture title, and where each chapter subsection begins. It is interesting to hear the background noise of the students when they file in and out of the lecture hall and towards the end of each lecture.Read more ›
Feynman has a very old-school, New York accent, and he's great to listen to. I might play this lecture instead of music at my next 70s party, just to add thick atmosphere fast.
The material was over my head, but I liked listening to it anyway. Even though this is the basics of Quantum Mechanics, it's still pretty complex stuff. But, Feynman makes it as understandable as possible, and gives real life examples, especially considering that it is almost 50 years old. I liked it a lot better than my college physics classes. I'll definitely listen to this again when I learn more about quantum mechanics.
+Lots of info about quantum mechanics
+Very entertaining, and very nice to listen to
+For 50-year old audio, recorded in a lecture hall, this audio was incredible!
-He keeps referring to stuff he's drawing on a board, which I obviously couldn't see on the audio book.
I've enjoyed everything I can get my hands on that he has written, except for these lectures. I was always waiting for some kind of sabbatical where I could sit down for a few months and really study the material. I've never had that kind of break from my busy life, but I do travel by car and am an avid consumer of audiobooks, so I thought I would give it a try. The audio version has worked out very well for me.
I can't really express how great it is to hear these subjects discussed by the man himself. His presentation is clear and, at least the early stuff (where I am), can be grasped by nearly anyone who is familiar with Feynman's work. Unlike a normal audiobook which I could listen to for hours, I have to take these lectures in class-like chunks of no more than 60 minutes or so. More than that fills my brain and my mind starts to wander.
I don't know how much time I have left on this planet, but I hope to have enough to someday listen to the entire course.
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Hi, so far I've only listened to 6 Easy Pieces, but having found the lecture notes on-line ([...], I wanted to help anyone who wanted to align the collected audio with the actual... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gruntette
Nobody on this planet will need another Physics book , other than FeynMan's 1, 2, and 3Published 12 months ago by TS.
I bought this to finish his collection. He loves it and is very happy with the condition of the book.Published on March 3, 2014 by anna cowfer
Purchased in November 1998 and I have not found a better physics audio. It was worth it and I have bought the book and now the audible subscription. Best investment in physics.Published on August 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer