Feynman starts by promising to, in four slim chapters, derive the fundamental properties of light and matter. Not describe, but derive, starting from the basic axioms of his newly developed theory of quantum electrodynamics, the theory for which he won the Nobel in Physics, and which is a part of the Standard Model, the most a...more
The book is transcription of a few lectures Feynman gave on Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), a branch of quantum theory he and Dirac developed. Feynman introduces a few simple rules on how electrons and photons behave (which appear to be easy-to-digest analogs for vector calculus) and then off he goes, explaining the theory a...more
Esta es una de las muchas incursiones que hizo el gran Feynman en el terreno de la divulgación científica. En realidad él no escribió ninguno de sus libros de divulgación científica, sino que se adaptaron de sus ciclos de conferencias de divulgación, que, ahí sí, Feynman preparaba a conciencia. Este libro surge de una serie de cuatro conferencias que dio Feynman en UCLA (que en inglés no se dice ucla sino u-c-l-a, iusielei, dato CPI para viajeros por tierras californianas).
HOWEVER, should you fall into that category, Feynman's insights are, in my opinion, of the highest value to the development of modern physics. With his characteristic wit and genius yet relatable grasp of higher math, Feynman masterfully unites the life works of physicists from Newton to Heisenberg, in order bring the intrigue and wonder of s...more
technical material extremely fun and understandable. I have a much
greater understanding than the atomic models that were taught in
high school chemistry. I also watched some of the limited number
of the original QED lectures he gave in Australia, that are on YouTube.
The videos are a terrific aid, though are not the book being reviewed
here. And I do not have a total grasp of the concepts. However the
book is well worth reading, alo...more
As someone who has read a number of book on Quantum Theory, I can safely say that Feynman is the only writer capable of explaining this in a way that the laype...more
From that, this gave me a better understanding of Quantum Electro Dynamics (and in the 4th chapter he delves into the rest of quantum theory),
I personally wish there was more math, but the i...more
[Sidenote: even if you don't give a whit about science, you owe it to yourself to read Feynman's two non-fiction personal essay collections, "Surely You Must Be Joking, Mr. Feynman"...more
This book is apparently a transcript of a series of lectures Professor Feynman delivered at UCLA designed for the general public. If you look around you can find video recordings of those lectures online. They're a bit easier to follow than the book format because you can see his gestures and how he draws and points to the diagrams as he speaks.
I don't think I would recommend this book for anyone that doesn't have a basic understanding of both classical mechanics and quantum mechanics.