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Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher Paperback – Illustrated, March 22, 2011
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"If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be Six Easy Pieces."―John Gribbin, New Scientist
About the Author
- Grade level : 11 and up
- Lexile measure : 1160L
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780465025275
- ISBN-13 : 978-0465025275
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Publisher : Basic Books; 4th edition (March 22, 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0465025277
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By comparison, if one listens to a presentation by Leonard Susskind, one can be sure that he never strays from the subject at hand, and he will stay with it until he has exhausted it from all points of view, pertaining to the original question. That is academic excellency.
This goes into the trash. If Feynman was still alive, he'd get a letter from me about this.
Scientific knowledge covered in this book is still useful, mostly because of the author's easily understood style. He's like one of those really good, easily relatable teachers that you find every once in a great while. If you'd like a taste, you can find videos of him lecturing online.
These six pieces books are great for people who aren't going to buy the larger editions though.
All in all - I am a satisfied customer...
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I have studied physics academically, albeit only to an A level standard, this book gave me a much better picture of physics as a field in its entirety and how it all fits together, as well as plenty of more specific phenomena.
Would recommend it to anyone interested in science.
I've listened to the lectures but not had the intro's before.
I'm buying a second copy to give to a 12 year old. Chapter 1
could be quite a hook for youngsters who may then go on to read more.
(Not understand much but still get something out of the great explanations
of how the sciences fit together.)
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Every school child should be given a copy.
I was attracted to this book not so much by the subject matter, but more by my interest in Feynman himself. He has a solid reputation for being an inspirational teacher and I was keen to see how he managed to achieve this. I was expecting him to take a different strategy from the norm and I wasn't disappointed. To illustrate what I mean, in his lecture on the atom he didn't follow the conventional approach of describing the structure of atoms and building up from there, yet by the end of the talk his students would have heard a physicist's explanation of why blowing on a bowl of soup cools it down. His approach to teaching was so different to what is usually done.
Understandably, given the date of the lectures, there have been major developments in physics, and science in general, since the lectures were first presented. For instance, the talk on nuclear physics is very out of date because the make-up of protons and neutrons was not understand at that time to the extent that it is now. Likewise, the lecture covering the links between physics and biology pre-dates the discovery of the genetic code. Therefore, it is pointless reading this book to gain an understanding of the latest theories. Nevertheless, not everything has changed in 50 years and some lectures are as relevant today as they were then. For example, the lecture on the conservation of energy was wonderfully presented, especially the section on potential energy where Feynman used illustrated examples to explain the conservation of potential energy in reversible machines. On the other hand, I felt he made heavy weather of his account of the two slit experiment in his lecture on quantum mechanics and I've read much better explanations elsewhere. To a marked extent Feynman did over complicate much of his material but this is to expected since his stated intention was to teach to slightly beyond the level of the brightest students in each class; of course, whether or not this was the best strategy is open to debate.
Overall, this book of six "easy" lectures provides remarkable insight into Feynman's style of teaching. He comes across as someone who knew his subject matter inside out, who had boundless energy and complete self-confidence, and who wanted to stretch the minds of his students.
Firstly item arrived quickly as expected nowadays. Item was undamaged and in expected order.
This was an enjoyable and useful read allowing someone who may not understand the basics or higher level of physics a n enjoyable read as it very easy to understand.
This makes it great for children, or those applying for university to widen their horizons.