- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 2nd Revised ed. edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465027970
- ISBN-13: 978-0465027972
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
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Feynman's Tips on Physics: Reflections, Advice, Insights, Practice - A Problem-Solving Supplement to the Feynman Lectures on Physics 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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About the Author
Richard P. Feynman was a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology from 1951 to 1988. He shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on quantum electrodynamics. Michael A. Gottlieb is a visitor in physics at the California Institute of Technology, and an editor of The Feynman Lectures on Physics and Exercises for the Feynman Lectures on Physics. He administers the Feynman Lectures website, feynmanlectures.info. Ralph Leighton is an author, lateral thinker, and longtime friend of the late Richard Feynman.
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All the chapters are interesting, however Chapter 4 (Dynamical Effects) is pure delight. It was a lecture Feynman gave to cover some everyday objects. In particular, he wonderfully describes how gyroscopes and accelerometers work, particularly having to do with inertial guidance. It is one thing to talk about ideal gyros and how you'd use them for these purposes, but he breaks down real devices and how they're constructed and used.
I have had many years of training and practice in mathematics and physics, so I have seen and worked all the physics problems given in the book. However, it doesn't mean I didn't learn anything. One of the things that jumped out at me was a relationship for taking derivatives of complex functions. I won't call it a trick, because it is a mathematical relationship, but it is one that I've either never seen before, or one that maybe I was shown but its usefulness was never pointed out. Feynman not only tells you what it is (Equation 1.8 on page 42), but works an example or two. It made me slap my forehead and bemoan all the wasted pages from my mathematical youth spent carrying term after term due to square roots in denominators, etc.
If you never read any Feynman, do not start here, start with his great (serious stuff)The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition or the stories he liked to tell (very funny stuff) Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman and What Do You Care What Other People Think?
This little book introduces you to people who really liked him, so it is good. There are interesting comments from Feynman, for instance he addresses the feelings of the students who have always been the brightest in their local high school and find out in college that there are brighter students still. For students: no nonsense tips could save your bacon.