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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, 3 Vols

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Commemorative Issue, Three Volume Set. Feynman's effective classroom style remains intact in these volumes, a valuable work by a remarkable educator. The volumes are an edited version of Richard Feynman's lectures, taped and transcribed specifically for the books. The three volume commemorative issue is either available hardbound and packag ...more
Paperback, set, 1552 pages
Published September 18th 1998 by Addison Wesley Longman (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  ·  review of another edition
Yay for accessible physics! Enough said.
Jose lana
Dec 28, 2015 Jose lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2009 Yanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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


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
Armineh Nouri
Mar 19, 2016 Armineh Nouri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2009 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Fergus Murray
Feb 24, 2013 Fergus Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rizal Khaefi
Jan 19, 2015 Rizal Khaefi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2012 5dd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 08, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sebastian Perez Saaibi
Interested in Physics? Read this. I have never seen a more didactic account of Physics
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.
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
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
Jan 20, 2013 kaśyap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 22, 2007 Ivan Ramirez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Useless for a physics class, tops the list of books to read "just for fun", if you are a dork that is.
Sep 21, 2009 Alven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feynman is a giant underscored by bongo drums and a keen sense of reality.
Sam Sanford
Feb 26, 2011 Sam Sanford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
You've got to get the audio of this - his voice is amazing
Ege Özmeral
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Lucas Johnson
Jan 30, 2016 Lucas Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No, this will NOT help you to actually do physics problems, but if you already know the basic methods and techniques and need to develop your intuition this is immensely helpful. The way he goes from one or two ultra-trivial premises (like the existence of atoms) and derives all manner of other stuff with just pure thought really gives you a sense for the power of physical concepts and how they develop. Feynman was a masterful intuitionist.
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
Apr 09, 2015 Seetharaman T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2015 Scott Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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