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The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol 1

(The Feynman Lectures on Physics (The New Millennium Edition) #1)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,452 ratings  ·  49 reviews
This revised edition of Feynman’s legendary lectures includes extensive corrections Feynman and his colleagues received and Caltech approved, making this the definitive edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. For all readers interested in physics.
Hardcover, definitive 2nd, 544 pages
Published July 29th 2005 by Addison Wesley (first published January 21st 1963)
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Jayanta Sarkar
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Four decades ago, I once dared to walk into the office of Mr. S C Mookerjee, our Professor and Head of Department in Physics at St. Aloysius' College, Jabalpur, and there I took his permission to look up his personal library. There were three attractive red-colored cloth volumes of Lectures in Physics by Richard P. Feynman. I picked up the first volume and upon a cursory glance, I happened to read this paragraph, in utter admiration and reverence:

"A poet once said, 'The whole universe is in a gl
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics
The most wonderful gift from my brother on my 17th birthday. At first I didn't realize what I was holding in my hands. But it gradually became clear that this book is a work of genius. Feynman has explained every concept of Physics so beautifully. No wonder these lectures are still cherished by all.
Best one to get all the concepts cleared and at the same time, have fun learning about the Physics of the world around us.
Feynman is one of the reasons I fell in love with Physics.
Mohamed al-Jamri
My notes while reading the book:

It's funny that I'm reading this book while I haven't read any medical textbook in full despite being a doctor!

Delayed reading it for 2 week ls while I read QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, which was mentioned in the Preface - I might have read all of Feynman's popular science books by this time (all during this year btw).

The textbook is an introductory for science majors and therefore doesn't require prior reading beyond high school science.

Style is e
Dustin Puryear
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thinking
Well worth the read (listen) if you have any interest in physics or mathematics. I listened to the audio recording rather than reading a transcript. Excellent material. Feynman was such an exciting and funny speaker.
Mary Kaener
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fairly easy to take in, hard to retain. Chapters vary widely in difficulty.

4+ stars instead of 5 because really I think this should be listened to, not read. A lot of Feynman’s charm is lost and equations are harder to take in in text form. Nevertheless, it’s probably as enjoyable and easy to read as a textbook is going to get.
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Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics, math
Excellent and well written, but also awe-inspiring and thought-provoking book I've ever come across with. I do recomend it amply! Two thumps up! If you are in the deal to figure things out, this book is one of those which can help you in that way. This book is indeed a work of a genius. Feyman has this odd quality of explaining the concepts of physics so beautifully. It's an excellent gift for a science lover. I may add that the language of this book is written in a tremendous lucid way.

Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Feynman was amazing!

Listening to the book instead of reading it made it seem more like being at a lecture.

Sometimes pretty heavy going but overall a very good introduction to modern physics.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
I stretched my old brain more in the last week than in the previous 20 years.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
Legendary !
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have some mixed feelings about this book. I read it as a third year undergraduate student of Physics, so, I new most (if not all) of the content presented here, however, this was originally intended as an introductory book for someone who has just finnished secondary school. Therefore I must take into consideration both view points.

This book presents introductory physics in a completely different way than the classical textbooks of the matter, and has its advantages and disadvantages, and beca
Steve Whiting
This collection is a set of recordings of Feynman's first presentation of his famous re-interpretation of the freshman physics lectures on quantum mechanics, recorded at Caltech in 1961. I got the audiobooks, with the intention of listening to them in the car, and absorbing some physics as I drove.

Well... it was a nice idea, but the reality is that, to put it in mathematical terms, (level of concentration required to follow the audiobook) + (level of concentration required to drive the car safel
Vicky Sharratt
The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Feynman, Leighton and Sands

This beautiful three volume set (sold individually in the silver paperbacks– and possible to order as a hardback set in red) is a perfect gift for a science lover (or scientist) Bringing together the lectures which made up the introductory physics course at Caltech as taught by Richard Feynman they cover mechanics, radiation, heat, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and matter; it is a comprehensive set of lectures by one of the worlds g
Aug 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics
Best explanation of physics ever
Rahul Pillalamarri
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is primarly focused on advanced introductory physics, and unlike high school physics this volume of Feynman's Lectures goes in depth of the things that are taught in high school physics such as kinematics and energy which is a common high school science subject however Feynman goes in depth and talks about the gravitational constant and the equations neccisary to figure out the potential energy in an object and how to calculate the speed of an object without certain variables and etc. ...more
Jovany Agathe
Quantum mechanics” is the description of the behavior of matter and light in all its details and, in particular, of the happenings on an atomic scale. Things on a very small scale behave like nothing that you have any direct experience about. ... There is one lucky break, however—electrons behave just like light.
Roger Bailey
Somehow I was expecting this to be a highly technical book that I would have to struggle to understand. It is not. It might be a bit difficult for the general public who have no scientific education, but it is quite accessible to what is commonly called the intelligent layman.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Great to review the old topics, but probably not great for the first time through.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I adore Feynman. But I don't recommend his famous lecture series. At least not in the audible format. Maybe a video or a kindle version would be better. ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’d give it ten stars, if I could!
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing way of explaining the complexity of Physics.
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very informative.
Chris Esposo
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a book per se, these are the original lectures Feymann did for his UG physics course @ Pasadena w/ minimum curation. Specifically, dealing with introductory material on Quantum Mechanics. The first 3 lectures don't require any material in front of you to easily comprehend, mostly on the nature of quantum behaviour, a bit on observations, why we need not to understand why it works (the internal mechanics as he calls it), and a little bit on philosophy.

However, once the lectures get into calcu
Emanuele Natale
My review refers to the Audible audiobook (

While the charisma emanated by R. Feynman's emblematic figures set high the expectations regarding this audiobook, the fact that the "audiobook" is in fact the audio recording of frontal lectures accounts for the audiobook to be much less enjoyable that one would expect it to be. You can just imagine how differently you phrase things depending on whether the listener is in front of you or not. Last but not leas
Brittany Bond
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Making up for lost time.

This is how I prepped for 3 weeks of MIT Math Camp. It was a two-for since my Physics teacher( /Track Coach) in High School gave me *way* too much of a pass. All I remember is my shoe-pod kept the egg from breaking when dropped from the ceiling in lab.

During Math Camp, instructor used the harmonic oscillator to demonstrate applications of linear differential equations in the kind of detail that the material we were covering called for.

Chapter 21 of Feynman V.1: The Harmon
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-nature
Like most others who get a chance to know about him, I adore what was Richard Feynman and find him a source of continual inspiration. I study physics at university, and I've given this book a try. It gives clear access to his mind, and I have taken away countless gems that have built up concepts in my mind. I've struggled with it's nature though - I've tried to appraoch it like any other textbook, and found it just doesn't work like that. It's not for systematic study. Instead, I dip into it and ...more
Manmohan Dash
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A text book, world famous and in the most lucid language of Physics. I have studied a few chapters intensively although I own this book [I have purchased this book multiple times due to relocation] You can guess its importance. Its for those who want to understand how legendary minds really work. Good for a physics student and good for those who want to do research of any kind on such a text, physics or other wise.
Andrew Corrie
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
If you want to know something about Physics this is a good place to start. They are beautiful. Several of the lectures from Volume 1 have been reissued under more user-friendly covers, but for anyone with a good grounding in Secondary School Physics and Maths, these, with some application on the part of the reader, are quite accessible. Volumes 2 and 3 I found less approachable as an enthusiastic amateur.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book if you have an interest in physics, not so great if you are looking for a cook book. The book is a collection of Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman's lectures at Cal Tech. Considering his audience and the subject it is a surprisingly readable book. Maybe each lecture would make a nice bed time story for a future Einstein. ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kcls
An excellent book about physics, with good explanations and examples. It's readable and mostly understandable, even if you're not into physics. I recollected/found out some fascinating facts about our world from it. And this quite a big book is only one of three volumes. Highly recommended for general education. ...more
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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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