The Feynman Lectures on Physics

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Book - 2010
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"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.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2010.
Edition: New millennium ed.
ISBN: 9780465024148
Branch Call Number: 530/FEYNMAN
Characteristics: 3 v. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Lectures on physics


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Apr 24, 2017

As well as being a Nobel prize winning physicist for his contributions to QED, Feynman was probably the most renowned teacher of physics. His three volumes "Feynman Lectures on Physics" which were actually lectures given to undergrads at Berkeley in the mid-60s have been reissued and purchased by generations of physics students ever since they were first published in 1964, and rightly so. He is a wonderful teacher who provides understandable explanations and novel examples of the material he is teaching. Many snippets of his lectures can be seen on youtube. Although the Ottawa library notes the complete set of three volumes and the photo is of volume 3, they actually only seem to have volume 2. I don't know what happened to the other two volumes, but they could easily replace them and should. There is also a missing lecture on the orbits of planets that the library should get. The Feynman lectures are a must-have for any serious library.


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