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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition [Hardcover]

Richard P. Feynman , Robert B. Leighton , Matthew Sands
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Jan. 4 2011 0465023827 978-0465023820 Slp
"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 a book that has remained a definitive introduction to physics for decades. Ranging from the most 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. Now, we are reintroducing the printed books to the trade, fully corrected, for the first time ever, and in collaboration with Caltech. 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.

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Richard P. Feynman was Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize for his work on the development of quantum field theory. He was also one of the most famous and beloved figures of the twentieth century, both in physics and as a public intellectual.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely good buy, for any level of student Feb. 12 2013
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- These books provide very good coverage of the ideas and workings in physics. From the early days, what we believe now, and to what physics could hold in the future. It provides a very casual and extremely informative method of conveying the theories, and explains things very well. While it doesn't hold your hand or provide too many examples, it does explain concepts quite cleanly. The box and hardcover are high quality, and are very durable.
- I had only a basic understand in physics, but this provided all the information i will want, especially as an overview(coming from a student in general sciences, not specifically physics degree). The theories it covers (|Vol 1:Mechanics, radiation, and heat| Vol 2: electromagnetism, and matter| Vol 3:Quantum Mechanics|)are obviously very heavy for a new student, but they are all digestible. Excellent way to learn physics, for anyone who is interested or is a student in the field.
- It does provide equations and explanations, but a textbook would be the real academic way to learn. That being said, it gives you want a textbook fails on, with how fluid and satisfying it is. I cant remember any point being particularly dry, because of the style of writing, and because of how he makes real-world connections when they can be made. If you like physics in any respect and want to learn it... get this.
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Of course, it is a bit outdated because it was written quite a while ago now, but it is a great start for someone who wants to understand physics. There are no complexe arithmetics, but the formulas are explained very intuitively. A great buy for physics fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas April 6 2014
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This was great-my son-in-law really wanted these for Christmas-what an easy way to please him!
Thanks for making my giving easy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars delicious April 14 2013
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I'm a bit obses about physic and I must amit those books are a real pleasure to read. The eplanation are not that easy to understant but with care and times you can understand a lot about the wolrd in physic language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These lectures were meant for physics students Jan. 1 2011
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on Amazon.com
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 it is the atomic hypothesis...that `all things are made of atoms--little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another.'"

There are 52 chapters in Volume I, from "Atoms in Motion" to "Symmetry in Physical Laws." It would be well to remember that this book and its fellows are not meant to be read in isolation. Rather the lectures were connected with a series of experiments and demonstrations. As Feynman puts it: "The principle of science, the definition, almost, is the following: `The test of all knowledge is experiment.'"

Volume II: the first two-thirds of this series of lectures is devoted to a reasonably inclusive treatment of the physics of electricity and magnetism. This volume's `Foreward' by Matthew Sands states: "We hoped, first, to give the students a complete view of one of the great chapters of physics--from the early gropings of Franklin, through the great synthesis of Maxwell, on to the Lorentz electron theory of material properties, and ending with the still unsolved dilemmas of the electromagnetic self-energy."

There are 42 chapters in Volume II, with the last four chapters devoted to elasticity and fluid flow.

Volume III: Richard P. Feynman won a Nobel Prize for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, and this series of lectures was the first real attempt to ground physics students in the theory of quantum mechanics. By its nature, quantum mechanics is a mathematical theory, so these lectures are absolutely chock-full of calculus and physics equations. But, as Feynman himself once said, "Do not take the lecture [on quantum mechanics] too seriously...just relax and enjoy it. I am going to tell you what nature behaves like. If you will simply admit that maybe she does behave like this, you will find her a delightful, entrancing thing. Do not keep saying to yourself `But how can it be like that?' because you will get...into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that."

There are 21 chapters in Volume III, from "Quantum Behavior" to "The Schrödinger Equation in a Classical Context: A Seminar on Superconductivity."

If the math in Volume III really depresses you, there now exist many good popular-science books on quantum mechanics, such as "In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality" by John Gribbin, "The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?" by Leon Lederman, or Bruce Schumm's book on elementary particle physics, "Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics."

These lectures by Richard P. Feynman were meant for physics students, as opposed to the general public. Those readers who have no background in physics, calculus, statistics and probability might find these books tough going. However, any of us might struggle through certain sections with no loss of self-worth, if we remember that one of America's most brilliant scientists gave two years of his knowledge and intellectual energy in order to present us with a solid understanding of his physicist's universe. Feynman says in his epilogue to these lectures: "Finally, may I add that the main purpose of my teaching has not been to prepare you for some examination...I wanted most to give you some appreciation of the wonderful world and the physicist's way of looking at it, which, I believe, is a major part of the true culture of modern times."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a note Feb. 10 2011
By Akkarin - Published on Amazon.com
Just a quick note on the Millennium edition of the Feynman lectures box set: It does not contain Tips on physics, however, they are working on a revised edition of Tips on physics with over 900 extra pages that should be done by the end of 2011. It is likely to be released both separately and in a box set with the millennium edition books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous print. March 19 2011
By M. Lu - Published on Amazon.com
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This version is printed on glossy paper, so it is not easy to eyes, the print also is lighter compared with my friend's older version. So if you want to read it instead of just collecting it, you perhaps should buy version from 2005 or 1971.
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5.0 out of 5 stars got a hug Dec 15 2012
By zoezoo - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought these books for my son as a present for good grades- he asked for them. They seemed expensive to me but how many kids want physics books? These are nice solid books and I expect he'll have them for the rest of his life. They have a feel and a heft that seems to convey the essence of the subject. He's happy and all I can say for myself is the day these books arrived he opened the box took them out and looked at them, then he walked over and without a word gave me a hug. Yes, I love this purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The conversion to electronic format is impressive. Nov. 3 2012
By Steven T. Hatton - Published on Amazon.com
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I have spent more time with the Feynman Lectures on Physics than with any other book or set of volumes on any subject. I am most familiar with the first volume, only because I haven't found the time to spend on the other two.

Though there are more exact and rigorous formal treatments of virtual every topic Feynman treats, these are found in more advance texts, and/or scattered through many different books, no other single collection of physics books, that I know of, presents so much material in such a compelling and accessible form at the "introductory" level.

I recently purchased the New Millennium Edition, boxed set. The manufacturing quality is, in general, high. The books are solidly and attractively bound. I agree with another reviewer who found the font to be a bit on the light side; and combined with the glossiness of the pages, it is a bit of strain on my aging eyes. (Reading glasses help.) Nonetheless, the electronically formatted text, especially when it comes to the mathematical expressions is truly beautiful. All of the figures have also been converted to electronic format which makes them more crisp and clear. The conversion was a huge undertaking, executed deftly. I am genuinely impressed and grateful to the people who accomplished it.

Feynman was great at what he did, loved what he was doing and had fun doing it. That exuberance shines through in these volumes. The new format adds considerably to these invaluable volumes.

Good job, Mike, et al.!

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