- Audio CD: 6 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Unabridged edition (October 4, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465099009
- ISBN-13: 978-0465099009
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Very Best of the Feynman Lectures Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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1. The Theory of Gravitation (vol. 1, chap. 7)
2. Curved Space (vol. II, chap. 42)
3. Electromagnetism (vol. 2, chap. 1)
4. Probability (vol. 1, chap. 6)
5. The Relation of Wave and Particle Viewpoints (vol. 1, chap. 39)
6. Superconductivity (vol. 3, chap. 21)
I have several complaints about this set:
- first, the audio quality is poor. One can do a direct comparison with the Gravitation lecture, which is included in this set and in the set 6 Easy Pieces, and the sound is much worse in this new set. Still, all the lectures are clearly audible.
- second, the lecture on probability is actually given by Matthew Sands and not Feynman. While I have nothing against Sands, like most potential buyers of this set I have the complete print Lectures on Physics, so I'm really buying these CDs to actually hear Feynman himself lecture. The lecture on probability is really fascinating, but the editors should have selected another chapter where Feynman actually did the speaking.
- Finally, they broke each lecture into the sections corresponding to the published chapters. While it is nice to have the lectures split into multiple tracks, it's irritating to hear the the narrator basically interrput Feynman almost in mid-sentence and say "section 1.3 ..."
In spite of the flaws, as a Feynman junkie I think it's a nice addition to my collection, and I would recommend it even if you own the CDs for 6 Easy Pieces and 6 Not So easy Pieces. But if you're choosing between getting this set or one of those two sets, don't go with this one.
There are a few funny moments, usually when he's working an experiment. He seems all thumbs - often, he has to coax the equipment into cooperating.
The lectures are entertaining as well as instructive. His New York accent shines through, as does his sense of humor.
A short introduction to each track gives the date of the lecture, and cross-references it to a section of the book (probably the Red Book).
This set is worthwhile from both a historical and educational point.