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The Feynman Lectures on Physics

4.58  ·  Rating Details ·  5,673 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
The revised edition of Feynman's legendary lectures includes extensive corrections and updates collated by Feynman and his colleagues. A new foreword by Kip Thorne, the current Richard Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, discusses the relevance of the new edition to today’s readers. This boxed set also includes Feynman’s new Tips on Physics — the four prev ...more
Hardcover, The Definitive and Extended Edition, 1552 pages
Published August 8th 2005 by Addison Wesley (first published 1964)
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May 16, 2007 Kristopher rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Armineh Nouri
May 10, 2015 Armineh Nouri rated it it was amazing
It took me about a year to finish all three volumes, after which I can say I have followed and remembered roughly 20% of Feynman's endless derivations. Nevertheless I have immensely enjoyed every page. I once read an article by an educator who advocated for early teaching of concepts related to infinitesimals and transfinites, exponentiation and concepts related to rate of growth and decline in nature. Her idea was that math and science teachers often follow a chronological order, based on the h ...more
Jose lana
Dec 26, 2015 Jose lana rated it it was amazing
The Feynmans physics course is a non comon undergraduate course because though there are some formulae and math deductions the book is mainly focussed on the explain in deep the fundamental laws and concepts that the in the matemathical expresions,and this are obtaine generally by inductive reasoning,It touches all fundamental subjects,is writen in a very interesting and readable way and sometimes make striking incursions and results that other books dont make,for example from a similar Klein-Go ...more
Kerem Cankocak
Sep 19, 2016 Kerem Cankocak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu üç cilt eksiksiz pedagojik bir çalışmadır. Ayrıca Feynman’ın 1961-64 yılları arasında, California Teknoloji Enstitüsünde (Caltech) alanlarına bakılmaksızın bütün birinci ve ikinci sınıf öğrencilerinin ihtiyacı olduğu lisans fizik derslerinin tarihsel bir kaydıdır.

Feynman Dersleri’nin I. Cildi, 1961-62 akademik yılında California Teknoloji Enstitüsünde (Caltech) Prof. R.P. Feynman tarafından giriş fiziği dersi olarak verilmiş olan bir konferanslar dizisine dayanmaktadır; tüm Caltech birinci ve
Jan 09, 2009 Yanni rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 26, 2012 Plucino marked it as to-read
Shelves: physics


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
Aug 27, 2009 Erik rated it it was amazing
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 Murray
Feb 24, 2013 Fergus Murray rated it really liked it
Shelves: physics
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.
Jonnie Enloe
Aug 20, 2011 Jonnie Enloe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
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.
Feb 15, 2009 Ari rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 18, 2012 5dd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: textbooks
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
Rizal Khaefi
Jun 17, 2014 Rizal Khaefi rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2013 Omkar Shetye rated it it was amazing
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
Raunak Ramakrishnan
Aug 23, 2011 Raunak Ramakrishnan rated it it was amazing
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.
Prashant Pandey
Sep 02, 2011 Prashant Pandey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2012 kaśyap rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mathematics, science
This book Provides some wonderful and accessible explanations. This is not a good standalone physics textbook but a great accompaniment to one.
Ivan Ramirez
Jun 18, 2007 Ivan Ramirez rated it it was amazing
Useless for a physics class, tops the list of books to read "just for fun", if you are a dork that is.
Sam Sanford
Feb 26, 2011 Sam Sanford rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics
You've got to get the audio of this - his voice is amazing
Sebastian Perez Saaibi
Nov 12, 2015 Sebastian Perez Saaibi rated it it was amazing
Interested in Physics? Read this. I have never seen a more didactic account of Physics
Sep 21, 2009 Alven rated it it was amazing
Feynman is a giant underscored by bongo drums and a keen sense of reality.
Rahul Wadhwani
Nov 25, 2016 Rahul Wadhwani rated it it was amazing
Man..! I have no word for this great scientist! I recommend it without any doubts who loves Physics. All volumes of Feynman's lecture discuss the fundamental laws of Physics in layman terminology which is easy to understand for readers of non-Physics background. The lectures also discuss the application of these laws of Physics in the world from nano-scale to light year- scale.
David Musgraves
Feb 16, 2017 David Musgraves rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I listened to these this time (I also own the books), and it is pretty great to hear him lecture. He's a master of the material, and it's interesting to hear him try to explain more intro-level physics in some cases. Definitely a physics book though, not science-lite.
Ege Özmeral
Dec 06, 2014 Ege Özmeral rated it it was amazing
1) If the moon pulls the whole earth toward it, why doesn’t the earth fall right “up” to the moon? Because the earth does the same trick as the moon, it goes in a circle around a point which is inside the earth but not at its center. The moon does not just go around the earth, the earth and the moon both go around a central position, each falling toward this common position (1-07)

2) This first demonstrated the direct force between two large, fixed balls of lead and two smaller balls of lead on t
Apr 17, 2008 Johannes rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2014 Rodrigo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
This series and the accompanying workbook are the best introductory physics texts on the market. These are not weekend readers. They are the three text books compiled from Dr. Feynman's university lectures. They consist of the lectures from his first three physics courses: College Physics I, College Physics II, and an Introduction to Modern Physics. Just like college physics, you will need a good understanding of calculus in order to work most of the exercises. My only complaint is that the thir ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Aphelion rated it it was amazing
Definitely not a light read. Expect to spend significant amounts of time studying independently in order to fill in the blanks where he jumps too quickly (for me anyway) from one step to another. I've only studies about 1/3 of Volume I in detail. If you take a serious interest in physics this book is required reading. Feynman's way of discussing physics is unique and almost transcendentally illuminating.
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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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