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The Feynman Lectures on Physics

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  6,440 ratings  ·  126 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 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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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.
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
Dec 26, 2007 is currently reading it
Yay for accessible physics! Enough said.
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
Kerem Cankocak
Sep 19, 2016 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
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
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
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.
Fergus Murray
Feb 24, 2013 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 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.
Omkar Shetye
May 14, 2013 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
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Embarrasses me that undergrads fifty years ago were learning things I still don't know. Haha.
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
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
Bogdan Teodorescu  ϟ
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, e-book
Best physics lectures ever.
Rizal Khaefi
Jun 17, 2014 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 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
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.
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.
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
May 17, 2008 marked it as to-review
Shelves: physics
These are my daily Bible passages. One every morning and I feel like a renewed soul.
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
Sep 06, 2012 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.
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Feynman is a giant underscored by bongo drums and a keen sense of reality.
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.
Maria Frolkina
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Feynman Lectures are the best thing I have ever read in physics! I found out about these lectures from the fanfic Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (this book is an excellent advertisement of lectures). Physics has never been so interesting for me! Moreover, it is possible to learn something new from mathematics, to look at the known things in a new way. In general, complicated things are told very simply and fascinatingly, but there is also a difficult to understand material that ...more
Rahul Wadhwani
Nov 25, 2016 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.
Richard C
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: seminal
Probably one of my favorite thinkers, and he has been a favorite topic since he was such a humble, quiet person. Since the first year of the lectures was 1962 I enjoy hearing what the state of science was when I was a year old. Interestingly the lectures remain very relevant today.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book with amazing sets of lectures. I love it because he is able to provide great explanations and examples to some of the basic concepts of physics which I could possibly quote during some of my O Level Physics Tuition classes.
Mircea Nistor
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
My father gave them to me as an alternative to school books. They are amassing and surprisingly easy to follow. These works might be the reason I went for physics higher education, even if I ended up in software engineering for a guaranteed paycheck.
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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
“It doesn't make a difference how beautiful your guess is. It doesn't make a difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is. If it disagrees with experiment, it's wrong.” 24 likes
“How I'm rushing through this! How much each sentence in this brief story contains. "The stars are made of the same atoms as the earth." I usually pick one small topic like this to give a lecture on. Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars—mere globs of gas atoms. Nothing is "mere." I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more ? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagina-tion—stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern—of which I am a part—perhaps my stuff was belched from some forgotten star, as one is belching there. Or see them with the greater eye of Palomar, rushing all apart from some common starting point when they were perhaps all together. What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the why ? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined! Why do the poets of the present not speak of it ? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?” 13 likes
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