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The Feynman Lectures on Physics

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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 previo ...more
Hardcover, The Definitive and Extended Edition, 1552 pages
Published August 8th 2005 by Addison Wesley (first published 1964)
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PaRasra ShaRma "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" is actually a 3 volume series,which are presented in text form of his actual lectures at Caltech.Being replete with …more"The Feynman Lectures on Physics" is actually a 3 volume series,which are presented in text form of his actual lectures at Caltech.Being replete with lucid explanation for most of the undergrad physics courses,it however doesn't provide you with exercises. To address this need for readers of Feynman's lectures,they have recently published "Exercises for The Feynman Lectures on Physics" which includes ~1000 problems (with answers in the back) that were used at Caltech for the introductory physics course when The Feynman Lectures on Physics was the textbook.(less)

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Kristopher
May 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: physics enthusiasts
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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.
Jen
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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In keeping with my ghoulish experiments on the elasticity of Goodreads reviews, I have provided a handy dandy guide to would-be scientists who wish raid these three volumes for all their willy bits. I have crafted a list of brain specifications for multi-tiered appreciation. It’s worth noting that these lectures are uneven in terms of difficulty, and that someone without a background in mathematics can appreciate some sections, particularly in volume one, just for the conceptual upgrades that Fe ...more
Armineh Nouri
May 10, 2015 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
Elizabeth
Dec 26, 2007 is currently reading it
Yay for accessible physics! Enough said.
Tara
Nov 09, 2019 is currently reading it
Available for free online! Shit yeah!!

http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/
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Erik
Aug 27, 2009 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
Yanni
Jan 09, 2009 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
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Jose Moa
Dec 26, 2015 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
Ari
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 20, 2011 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.
Fergus Murray
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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.
Ian
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Embarrasses me that undergrads fifty years ago were learning things I still don't know. Haha.
DJ
May 17, 2008 added it
These are my daily Bible passages. One every morning and I feel like a renewed soul.
Bogdan Teodorescu
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, e-book
Best physics lectures ever.
5dd
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Kaśyap
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, mathematics
This book Provides some wonderful and accessible explanations. This is not a good standalone physics textbook but a great accompaniment to one.
Viktoras Kornilovas
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A benchmark of introductory science books! After it I ended up writing search queries like this one: Books like Feynman Lectures on physics for chemistry, etc.
David
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the absolute best physics book(s) ever. If you read the bio's for the US Physics Team, you will regularly find the sharpest high school minds have been inspired by reading Feynman's Lectures. It is inconceivable that one single person, Richard Feynman, can know/understand this amount of material and explain it all so thoroughly. You really need to have taken Physics already prior to diving into these volumes to fully appreciate the clarity that Feynman conveys on these topics.

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Raunak Ramakrishnan
Aug 23, 2011 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.
Ivan Ramirez
Jun 18, 2007 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.
Alven
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Feynman is a giant underscored by bongo drums and a keen sense of reality.
Sam Sanford
Feb 26, 2011 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 rated it it was amazing
Interested in Physics? Read this. I have never seen a more didactic account of Physics
Sean
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great to just pick up and read anytime. Such insight.
Here is an example from Ch 25, modeling the shock absorber in a car, with an electrical circuit:
From section 25-4: http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.ed...
"Suppose we have designed an automobile, and want to know how much it is going to shake when it goes over a certain kind of bumpy road. We build an electrical circuit with inductances to represent the inertia of the wheels, spring constants as capacitances to represent the springs of the wh
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Michael
Oct 08, 2008 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
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David
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Though founding quantum electrodynamics is one hell of an achievement, this lecture series is his greatest achievement. If Feynman's approach is not suitable to your palette, then you shouldn't be a physicist--maybe biology or stamp collecting might suit you better. These volumes are not comprehensive, but rather they teach you to think like a physicist.
Prashant Pandey
Sep 02, 2011 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
Scott Simon
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Tang Daiming
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book.
1, everything starting from really fundamental processes, like the atoms.
2, clear deduction of math
3, wit everywhere, inspiring, demystify
4, example: a formula, equation, from mechanics, electronics, quantum, generalized.
just feel like attending such a great lecture.
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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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