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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 3 Later Printing Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0201021189
ISBN-10: 0201021188
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  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; Later Printing edition (January 11, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201021188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201021189
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ealovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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By Akkarin on February 10, 2011
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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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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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By zoezoo on December 15, 2012
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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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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.!

Thanks!
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I have a college level background in physics and am reading these to fill in gaps in my knowledge. I have learned many new things already (3/4 of the way through book 1); however I think it is worth stating a few potential issues that haven't been elucidated by other reviews. Ultimately I am happy that I bought the books but I would not recommend them to others without reservation.

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.
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