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# Feynman's Lost Lecture: The Motion of Planets Around the Sun

Rescued from obscurity,

*Feynman's Lost Lecture*is a blessing for all Feynman followers. Most know Richard Feynman for the hilarious anecdotes and exploits in his best-selling books "*Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!*" and "*What Do You Care What Other People Think?*" But not always obvious in those stories was his brilliance as a pure scientist—one of the century's greatest ...moreebook, 192 pages

Published
November 6th 2009
by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1996)

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For just such newbies to Feynman I will briefly disclose that he was a Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project in h ...more

After his introduction, Feynman's demonstration proceeds in three parts: a review of some basic geometric properties of the ellipse; the geometric demonstration that elliptical orbits follow from the inverse square law, and then the application of the same ideas to atomic scattering and the discovery of the atomic nucleus.

The intention is tha ...more

Unfortunately, the explanation is necessary because so much of ...more

Feynman gave this lecture "for fun" - as a guest lecturer in the 1964 freshman physics course. He started out to explain Newton's proof of why planets have elliptical orbits around the sun - but departed from Newton's proof to us ...more

Jul 22, 2008
Kev
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Recommended to Kev by:
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This is a magnificent book.

The collaboration between husban & wife team David & Judith Goodstein is generative, illuminating & ultimately profound.

The math is beautiful. The reason for understanding the principles is farreaching & pragmatic at once. Truths live regardless of fashion or time. Feynman was a genius. I'm honored not only to understand this work but to celebrate it.

You will embark upon a timejourney that reaches from Plato & Aristotle in 4th century BCE, to Ptolem ...more

The collaboration between husban & wife team David & Judith Goodstein is generative, illuminating & ultimately profound.

The math is beautiful. The reason for understanding the principles is farreaching & pragmatic at once. Truths live regardless of fashion or time. Feynman was a genius. I'm honored not only to understand this work but to celebrate it.

You will embark upon a timejourney that reaches from Plato & Aristotle in 4th century BCE, to Ptolem ...more

I haven't read anything scientific or mathematical in a while, fortunately stumbled across this while packing.

Then the authors write an expanded version of Feynman’s lecture. This is necessary if, like me—and unlike Feynman’s freshman class—you are decades past ...more

One of the most incredible things about this entire lecture is that Feynman proves Kepler's laws using just high school geometry. There is no fancier math tool used to do so. Simplification is the real test of genius.

To be honest, I preferred the author's proof to Feynman's lecture; primarily because the lecture was verbatim and very difficult to understand without the diagrams used in the actual class. The way the authors have broken it down to a level where anyone ...more

But, it's not a bad lecture and it comes with a story about how it was reconstructed. So, it's another labor of love for a man who makes us proud to be human.

It's approximately the same level of material that's in Six Easy Pieces. I think I would've liked it better if I'd heard it before SEP. As it is, it was a lot of money for "just one more lectur ...more

The version of the book I had also included the CD. Listen to it. Feynman is a charismatic lecturer, along with his intellect.

Jul 11, 2015
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Re-read this last week. Found a set at the library with the audio !

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