- Publisher: Addison Wesley (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805390456
- ISBN-13: 978-0805390452
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 3.7 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics including Feynman's Tips on Physics: The Definitive and Extended Edition
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About the Author
Richard P. Feynman was born in 1918 in Brooklyn and received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1942. Despite his youth, he played an important part in the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos during World War II. Subsequently, he taught at Cornell and at the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Sin-Itero Tomanaga and Julian Schwinger, for his work in quantum electrodynamics.
Dr. Feynman won his Nobel Prize for successfully resolving problems with the theory of quantum electrodynamics. He also created a mathematical theory that accounts for the phenomenon of superfluidity in liquid helium. Thereafter, with Murray Gell-Mann, he did fundamental work in the area of weak interactions such as beta decay. In later years Feynman played a key role in the development of quark theory by putting forward his parton model of high energy proton collision processes.
Beyond these achievements, Dr. Feynman introduced basic computational techniques and notations into physics, above all, the ubiquitous Feynman diagrams that, perhaps more than any other formalism in recent scientific history, have changed the way in which basic physical processes are conceptualized and calculated.
Feynman was a remarkable effective educator. Of all his numerous awards, he was especially proud of the Oersted Medal for Teaching which he won in 1972. The Feynman Lectures on Physics, originally published in 1963, were described by a reviewer in Scientific American as "tough, but nourishing and full of flavor. After 25 years it is the guide for teachers and for the best of beginning students." In order to increase the understanding of physics among the lay public, Dr. Feynman wrote The Character of Physical Law and Q.E.D.: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter. He also authored a number of advanced publications that have become classic references and textbooks for researchers and students.
Top Customer Reviews
It is sometimes claimed that the original lectures were a failure. In the April 2005 issue of Physics Today, Matthew Sands writes about the project that resulted in the Feynman Lectures. He disputes the claim that the undergraduates drifted away from Feynman's lectures in large numbers, and explains how Feynman's preface came about, and why he (Sands) finds it unduly negative.
It has always been widely agreed that the Lectures are insufficient as a standalone textbook, and best used as supplemental reading. Feynman's approach appeals to many readers, but falls flat with others. This is not surprising, as different people respond to different ways of explaining physics. As an historical aside, Feynman and Schwinger took such different approaches to developing quantum electrodynamics theory that it wasn't immediately clear that their formulations were even equivalent. Most physicists find Feynman's approach easier to learn, but others find it unsatisfying. People are different. Physicists are different. Even physics students are different. There is not, and will never be, one book that is the best for every reader. The Feynman Lectures are great because they have been so enlightening to so many people, not because they meet the impossible standard of being clear to every reader.
Richard Feynman is one of the most, if not the most, beloved physicist of all time for his very honest, unique and curious character. Not only in Physics but reading about his life in his other books one just finds almost an endless source of inspiration and amusement. With his books, lectures or anecdotes, you won't only grasp the concepts of Physics and Science from a very original point of view but you will also laugh!! Well, the quality of the books is supreme and I challenge you to find any other book about serious Physics (and actually taught at a prestigeous University) where you can find yourself smiling and laughing sometimes and enjoying the PLEASURE OF FINDING THINGS OUT...
These books aren't a "course handbook" for they don't follow the classic exposition, examples, exercises, solutions pattern as they are more a set of lectures. Hence they should go with other more standard texts. You will understand the Physics with Feynman, and only then (almost certainly) you will be able to work out all the other texts completly.
The lectures are excellent because they give new insights, compared to the standard presentation. The faculty at Caltech used to sit on the lectures to learn more about physics. Considering these lectures were for lower division students, that is quite a compliment.
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Feynman is most helpful by putting things in perspective and speaking to the aspiring physicist in you. By reading Feynman, you can get a better sense of how to ask questions about physics. As a graduate student, I really appreciate *how* Feynman teaches, I believe reading these can make anyone a better physics lecturer. There is a lot of material, don't be afraid to pick and choose. I highly recommend the chapters on optics in Vol 1. Between reading Feynman as an undergrad and Landau as a graduate student, all of the aspiring physicists out there should be set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well written text from the master teacher and lecturer himself. Quite edited from him lectures, I'm sure, but Feynman still manages to shine through. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by D. Bernal
I cannot find the words to say how valuable this book was for me in college, but I will try. There are 2 columns with margins, I wrote notes and went back to them over and over... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I remember Feynman's work on the shuttle disaster, and I will never forget much of the good he accomplished during his lifetime for our country. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Estella Bell West
This one is famous so not much to say. Great presentation of physics, should be on everyone's shelf, iPad, PC or where ever you read it. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Erik
These books are absolutely amazing. I've loved physics for over 9 years now and have read numerous books on the subject. Somehow though I missed this set. Read morePublished on July 1, 2010 by Merlin Patterson
Well, I guess if you've come to this page, you have already heard of these famous books and why they're so wanted. So all I want to say is about the quality of the product. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Tiago S. M. Castro
I'm a physics major, and whenever I had the chance and needed to reference something, rather than looking in my own textbook, I would check in this book first. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by Courtney Slocum
I bought this for a class that required it. I actually never used it because it didn't apply to much that I was studying. I'm sure its a great book otherwise.Published on May 8, 2010 by College Student