- 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: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,664 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.
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It has been over 3 years since my last college physics class, and having heard from friends and reading online about these lectures, I finally bought them here instead of spending twice as much at the local bookstore. I own a copy of Serwey's physics book, and the difference between the two is remarkable.
I can read Feynman's book with excitement. He writes or lectures in a way that keeps me engaged with what he has to say, and he also provides excellent examples of interesting cases. For instance, in his treatment of gravitation, he numerically calculates the trajectory of the earth given an initial velocity and position. I knew it was possible to do such a thing, but the fact that he provided a table of numbers and just went ahead with the calculation without skipping the detail brought me great enthusiasm. I don't even remember my astrodynamics book covering the simple calculations of such things from the fundamental principles in such detail.
Aside from the nitty gritty, his reading is enjoyable. I pass out when reading Serwey's book, simply because it isn't written in a very enthusiastic and engaging way.
However, Feynman's lectures are good for refreshing your understanding, not doing problems. I imagine that someone with a copy of Feynman's lectures for the understanding and Serwey's problems and examples for the nitty gritty, who works the problems, will understand physics well enough to continue studying more in-depth subjects on their own. That says a lot about both volumes.
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.
In the Fall of 1970 when I was a freshmen in college without means, support, or even enough money to pay room and board for the first term I bought the three volume trade paper set: "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" and the two volume set "The Rise of the New Physics by D'Abro" as if I could read and understand all in the two weeks time I had to kill before the start of classes.
My book buying instincts were wonderful then and now. I had very little money in those days and little free time to read. So, I read what I could and absorbed what I was able to absorb without proper mathematics foundations. Since those days I have learned a little more mathematics and have earned a little more money.
Time to read is still hard to find at the end of the day with fatigue and the fog of the daily grind numbing your senses and numbing your mind. Yet, I read what I can and find new understanding with each reading. I recommend these books to all as (among) the best self- help, self-study books written. Every kid has an intrinsic interest in physics, curiosity to explore, and time they need not justify for a dollar. It is fun exploring as a kid; all that I need is good lighting and a comfortable chair.