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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition Slp Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.!
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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I'm doing a review of quantum physics, and Feynman's volume III is an excellent book for itPublished 15 days ago by Chris
i bought these for my boyfriend (used) and they had no dents or scratches or anything . he loved it .Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The following comments are general to the entire Feynman Lectures on Physics set : Volumes 1, 2 & 3
Prosody, philosophy and physics. Read more
I received the hardcover books today (prime shipping). I also picked up the problem book. As a basis for comparison, I used the 1966 edition that I also own. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SM
Best physics information you will read. Feynman is a master at explaining material. My son is the physics major and says these books are the best purchase ever.Published 4 months ago by vcraig
Great, but as mentioned before, too glossy and words are too close to the spine.Published 5 months ago by Andrew Tawfeek