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The Feynman Lectures on Physics

4.58 of 5 stars 4.58  ·  rating details  ·  4,569 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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Hardcover, definitive & extended, 1552 pages
Published August 8th 2005 by Addison Wesley (first published 1964)
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May 16, 2007 Kristopher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: physics enthusiasts
Shelves: nonfiction
I recognize that few will purchase this, but it is the most incredible set of explanations of the basic principles of physics by the most infectiously charming and lucid teacher of it. It has a great conversational tone and is thereby quite readable. Feynman provides excellent examples and thorough explanation. He also gives his honest opinion (as always) to anything controversial. Just a great read if you are curious about such things.
Emilian Kasemi
A poet once said, 'The whole universe is in a glass of wine.' We will probably never know in what sense he meant it, for poets do not write to be understood. But it is true that if we look at a glass of wine closely enough we see the entire universe. There are the things of physics: the twisting liquid which evaporates depending on the wind and weather, the reflection in the glass; and our imagination adds atoms. The glass is a distillation of the earth's rocks, and in its composition we see the ...more
Dec 26, 2007 Elizabeth is currently reading it
Yay for accessible physics! Enough said.
Aug 10, 2014 Plucino marked it as to-read


This physics course was delivered at prestigious Caltech during academic years 1961-63 by a passionate Nobel laureate, a genius who felt so uneasy with quantum mechanics that he sort of rewrote his own formulation. The final cleaned & trimmed form is by Leighton and Sands. The course covers all the basics: mechanics, thermodynamics (first volume), electromagnetism and some continuum mechanics (vol.2), quantum mechanics (vol.3). The special boxed edition includes also a fourth bookl
Wonderful! A high-quality work for the undergraduate of brilliant quality. First rate stuff, but DO NOT READ if you want to get a good degree these days, since the methods of introducing some of the subjects in these works is quite different to how physics is taught today - particularly the 3rd volume on Quantum Mechanics....
I always love these deep insightful lectures - such a completely original mind. Not always easy to follow... But, these were delivered at Caltech, perhaps the finest place i
I used to see this on people's shelves when I was a kid and always wondered what was inside the "three red books." Well the short answer is: everything. It's a great way to learn physics Feynman's way, which means very little problem solving but a lot of deep comprehension and a thematic approach to physics. Meaning: he shows you certain paradigmatic problems which illuminate the physical world and which you can use over and over again. Also he shows you advance peeks at more advanced science, w ...more
Fergus Ray murray
Although the Feynman Lectures are not always well-pitched for their intended undergraduate audience, the author's explanations of many physics topics are unsurpassed. The writing is lucid, well-structured and authoritative, and only let down a little by Feynman's occasional failure to appreciate the difficulty of the concepts he is setting out.
Feb 15, 2009 Ari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
This was my fallback textbook throughout my physics education at Cornell. They're dense, fascinating, and wonderful.

I acquired my copy as a prize for being the nerdiest student in my year at Ithaca High; the thing that makes it especially meaningful is that my copy is inscribed by Hans Bethe.
Jonnie Enloe
This has got to be the easiest nobel Laureat to read in history. It is enjoyable from start to finish and once you've completed a particular subject, it is just like he says it will be: you don't understand anymore about physics than you did when you started, except you understand more about what you don't know.
Rizal Khaefi
Seandainya saya menjadi salah satu pemangku kepentingan pendidikan, buku ini akan saya rekomendasikan untuk menjadi salah satu referensi materi pelajaran fisika di SMA.

Penulis, Richard Feynman, penerima Nobel Fisika tahun 1995 menjelaskan fenomena dan peristiwa di bidang fisika dengan memakai pendekatan penjelasan yang runtut dan logis disertai dengan contoh nyata di kehidupan sehari-hari. Pendekatan penulis menjadikan konsep fisika yang secara umum saya pandang sebagai sesuatu yang memusingkan
I didn't learn about this wonderful set of lectures until a year or so after starting my graduate work in engineering. As such, I egotistically assumed that I probably already had a firm grasp on practically everything in the three volume set. After all, it's supposed to be a Freshman-level introduction to Physics, right? No. Wrong. Very, very wrong! Feynman's perspective and his intuitive insight to physics was unlike anything I had ever been exposed to. In fact, it is probably unlike anything ...more
I think physicists are geeks. Feynman is far too fascinated with obscure physical phenomena for a normal human. But hey, so am I. These lectures have some math in them, but mostly they are just packed with insight. They are a whirlwind tour through some of the most fascinating things about the world.

Now, I don't like most physics books written for a popular audience. These weren't. These were written for physicists who want to take a break from the drudgery of their usual work and look at things
Omkar Shetye
Five stars are not enough for this genius work. If there were to be an apocalypse and only one book were to survive I would wish it were this book. It is one book that has explained most of this universe and it is not subject to any personal opinion but is perfect down to earth science. This is my bible, the story not of how the universe came to be but of how well we have understood it and use it to our benefit, the reason why we are different from other animals; not because God created us from ...more
What else can be said about this classic? No other book presents a full range of undergrad topics in physics so clear and simple. Feynman's writing style is addicting and a friend to understanding. I have referred to it numerous more times in my studies than any other book, and will continue to for years, probably forever. The only thing that could make this series better would be a good set of problems to go along with each chapter, but I'm fine with looking elsewhere for good problems.
Raunak Ramakrishnan
No engineer (or science student)can claim to be adept at physics unless he has gone over the evergreen Feynman lectures. Feynman presents Physics in such a way that every common man, without knowledge of even +2 level maths can understand the concepts.

Feynman lectures remains one of the best ways of presenting Physics to the masses, making them see practical and simple applications of the concepts and removing the geekiness from Physics.
This book is classic. Generations of science students have read through these pages and, in general got absolutely in love with the subject AND the author. Feynman is one of the most charismatic characters of the Physical Sciences, in much a way as others like Einstein. The difference is that Feynman is someone that is discovered, usually by students in an undergraduate level, especially through this book. And the reason why the book is a classic is very simple: basically, it is very good. The s ...more
Prashant Pandey
this man is born for physics...the language is so clear...he starts by raising our first doubts about every notion of physics then slowly clears them...extremely "feelable"...which is very important as far as understanding is concerned in physics
This book Provides some wonderful and accessible explanations. This is not a good standalone physics textbook but a great accompaniment to one.
Feb 16, 2015 Fjoralba marked it as to-read
If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis that all things are made of atoms — little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. In that one sentence, you will see, there is ...more
Ivan Ramirez
Useless for a physics class, tops the list of books to read "just for fun", if you are a dork that is.
Feynman is a giant underscored by bongo drums and a keen sense of reality.
Sam Sanford
You've got to get the audio of this - his voice is amazing
Apr 17, 2008 Johannes rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: graduate students in physics
Shelves: physics
This series of books is generally inappropriate for any physics course. The material is basically introductory, but most first-year university students will find this work overwhelming and difficult to read. The lack of examples will seriously hinder most students in problem-driven courses (as physics courses tend to be). Furthermore, these lectures were written for a rigorous two-year introductory sequence at Caltech, but most universities offer only one year of introductory classes and relegat ...more
Didn't know about it earlier & I regret that.
One of best Introduction to undergraduate physics. The book does it's job of lightning fire of physics in mind of the seekers. Though it may not be good for scoring grades in exams, but hey once you get the stuff everything else is a piece of cake.

Never saw any other book that is so reader friendly, this is what textbooks must be designed like.

The best part of all is the book is free to read at
Apr 25, 2014 Girihs rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Physics Lovers, Not so lovers of Physics
It kept me hooked for hours, more than what Harper Lee's classic could.....
Now,Now I might be total big fat glasses nerd but Feynman lectures is something
The authentic verbatim style of writing, to inclusion of mathematical principles whenever needed it is a perfect book in every sense for Introductory Course in Physics,
A must Read
Bradley Gram-hansen
Quite possibly, the best series of books on the whole spectrum of undergraduate physics ever written. I envy those taught by Feynman. The books are concise, full of examples and best of all very easy to read, although it will take you a good while to read them all and digest all that information.
Seetharaman T
The author had created interest in me to do further studies on particle physics. The great thing about Feynman is his words make you feel closer to him, like a good friend rather than a good teacher. I don't know why I feel so close to him, as if I am speaking in person.
Scott Simon
Just started, but I've never seen a physics book like this before. The intent is to make things clear and bring across the beauty of science and questioning. I'll follow up when finished, but it's like wine. You might take awhile to finish this one.
Marty Babits
I am a non-scientist who is a huge fan of Richard Feynman. Although his more autobiographical pieces are extremely readable and enjoyable, I found this book hard to grasp. I do intend to give it another try at some point.
Dinesh V
Feynman's lectures go into a depth that isn't evident at first sight. The lectures cover a range of topics from classical to quantum electro-dynamics. This is a book your savour over a period of time.
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  • Introduction to Electrodynamics
  • Classical Electrodynamics
  • The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
  • Modern Quantum Mechanics
  • Feynman's Lost Lecture: The Motion of Planets Around the Sun
  • The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics (Theoretical Minimum #1)
  • Gravitation
  • Classical Mechanics
  • The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
  • Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory
  • A First Course in General Relativity
  • An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics
  • Spacetime Physics
  • Course of Theoretical Physics: Vol. 1, Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
  • Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe
  • Quantum Theory
Richard Phillips Feynman was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Pr ...more
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