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What's the meaning of this book?
on March 4, 2001
This is a collection of six chapters taken from the masterpiece "Lectures on Physics" by Feynman, selected by Robert Leighton and Matthew Sands. Thus if you have at least the Vol. 1 of "Lectures on Physics" this book is useless for you. If you're looking forward an introduction to Physics or something like that, this book also is not going to be useful since the original "Lectures on Physics" was wrote to be a Physics course for CalTech. The author didn't wrote these essays to be published isolated from the rest of the original and complete "Lectures on Physics"; Leighton and Sands just pick them up and released it this way for some weird purpose, since, as I said, the idea of the author was not to release these essays separately. I recommend that you acquire the full "Lectures on Physics" if you're interested in fiding lectures on basic Physics by Feynman.
The author was well intentioned when he developed the "Lectures on Physics" etc., but I don't think the editors were when they released this book. What is the meaning of it? For someone that wants lectures on physics by Feynman should look for the complete work, and someone that is interested in an introduction to it cannot take this one since it's very incomplete for this purpose (remember that since these are chapters from the full work, each of them is about just one single discussion topic on Physics, but not on Physics itself widely).