The whole thing was basically an experiment,” Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning publications that have remained definitive and introductory to physics for decades. Ranging from the basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight.
Timeless and collectible, the lectures are essential reading, not just for students of physics but for anyone seeking an introduction to the field from the inimitable Feynman.
New Millennium ed.
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I have a college level background in physics and am reading these to fill in gaps in my knowledge. I have learned many new things already (3/4 of the way through book 1); however I think it is worth stating a few potential issues that haven't been elucidated by other reviews. Ultimately I am happy that I bought the books but I would not recommend them to others without reservation.
First, I do not think these books are suitable for someone who does not already have background in the material. They move very quickly and don't spend enough time on any one topic to properly ingrain it into the mind. If you are trying to teach yourself from scratch, I would recommend a traditional textbook over these lectures. If you do decide to go with these, you will also have to buy a supplement like "Exercises for the Feynman Lectures on Physics" since the book doesn't have any problem sets.
Second, the books are showing their age. There were several points where for example a...
Sad unusable version of a classic. I read the reviews about the thin font, the shiny paper and the ridiculous margins, and thought, this must have been fixed since 2011!
This version is almost unreadable. The outer margins are ridiculously wide, so that half the page is blank, and the inner margin is so close to the spine of the book that it is very awkward to read this magnificent work.
Don't buy this. Shop for the older edition, pay a higher price and deal with the errata. I'm really sorry to say this, but the publisher has done a really bad job and butchered a classic that deserves much better.
This 3-volume, 1963 - 1965 edition of Nobel-prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's lectures to Caltech freshmen and sophomores has been part of my library ever since I was introduced to them as textbooks in my undergraduate physics classes. Volume I concentrates on mechanics, radiation, and heat; Volume II on electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III on quantum mechanics.
Volume I: the first three chapters ("Atoms in Motion," "Basic Physics," and "The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences") were meant by Feynman to outline the relationship of physics to other sciences, and other sciences to each other, and to discuss the overall meaning of `Science.' Here in the introduction to Volume I, Feynman iterates one of his most-quoted ideas on science: "If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe...
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