Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
What do we mean by “understanding” something? We can imagine that this complicated array of moving things which constitutes “the world” is something like a great chess game being played by the gods, and we are observers of the game. We do not know what the rules of the game are; all we are allowed to do is to watch the playing. Of course, if we watch long enough, we may eventually catch on to a few of the rules. The rules of the game are what we mean by fundamental physics. Even if we knew every...more
The ‘easy’ in the title, is, like our sense of time, all relative. The lectures, delivered in the early 60’s, were aimed at “the most intelligent in the class...more
So if anyone is familiar with Feynman's "claim to fame," it's basically the idea that he's the most brilliant Physicis teacher of the 20th century and his lectures are ingenius in both their presentation and method.
Now, I'm not the most science-inclined person out there. I've never taken even a preliminary physics course (and these lectures were intended for his intro Caltech class, so...). But I'm also not dumb as a rock, either.
To be fair, Hawking (astrophysics) and Greene (quantum mechanics) both do a lot for their respective fields as well, but they a...more
It was readable but challenging for me - someone with a bachelor's in biology and no great adeptitude for physics or math. My one complaint is that author Richard Feynmann could work a little harder to help lay readers understand how his verbal descriptions of physics translate...more
This book is not really about Feynman, rather it is six chapters excised out of a two-year course of physics lectures he gave at CalTech in the mid 60s. The publisher created this volume (and a second one that I am just getting into called "Six Not-So-Easy Pieces") and a companion aud...more
Mi aspettavo un testo divulgativo in grado di prendere per mano il lettore da zero e guidarlo per le misteriose e affascinanti strade del mondo quantistico.
Il libro non �� stato come me lo aspettavo, probabilmente perch�� sono stato io a farmi un'idea sbagliata: �� un'introduzio...more
Good read for the el... it cools, cleans, focuses your brain. The pee-stained weirdos, sulky hipsters and loudmouths just float by and you hop off at your stop with a little better understanding-- not simply of the wave-particle theory of light, but of how to explain the wave-particle theory of light.
The only criticism I can lay against this work is that Feynman's physicalist bias shines through, especially in the chapter regarding physics' c...more