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The Character of Physical Law (Penguin Press Science) [Paperback]

Richard P Feynman , Paul Davies
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29 Oct 1992 Penguin Press Science

Collecting legendary lectures from freewheeling scientific genius Richard P. Feynman, The Character of Physical Law is the perfect example of Feynman's gift for making complex subjects accessible and entertaining.

Here Richard Feynman gives his own unique take on the puzzles and problems that lie at the heart of physics, from Newton's Law of Gravitation to mathematics as the supreme language of nature, from the mind-boggling question of whether time can go backwards to the exciting search for new scientific laws.

Using simple everyday illustrations to bring out the essence of a complicated principle - for example the surprising parallels between the law of conservation of energy and drying yourself with wet towels ­- these lectures are a brilliant example of Feynman's mind in action.

'The greatest physicist of the twentieth century'
  Sunday Times

'It is unlikely that the world will see another Richard Feynman ... his style inspired a generation of scientists. This volume remains the best record I know of his exhilarating vision'
  Paul Davies

'Fascinating ... an insight into the thought processes of a great physicist ... the acknowledged master of clear explanation'
  The Times Literary Supplement

'One of the most enjoyable books written by a major scientist'
  Observer

Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was one of this century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers. Feynman's other books, also available in Penguin, include QED, Six Easy Pieces, Six Not-so-Easy Pieces, Don't You Have Time to Think, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, What Do You Care What Other People Think? and The Meaning of it All.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (29 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140175059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140175059
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...Fascinating...an insight into the thought processes of a great physicist." Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was one of this century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers. Books by Feynman in Penguin include QED (1990 - 58,000 copies), Six Easy Pieces (1998 - 27,000 copies), and Six Not-so-Easy Pieces (1999 - 10,000 copies).

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work, but interesting nonetheless 23 Nov 2004
Format:Paperback
This is basically transcripts of a series of lectures given by Feynman. As such they are informal in style, but also relaxed on things such as sentence structure an punctuation. I'm not just being picky because this led to me having trouble reading some of the passages, they're not impenetrable, just not to his usual high standard.
The content however is good. I have read a few of his books and I wouldn't rate this amongst his best work. Usually he puts a new slant on ideas, presenting them in a way which gives fresh insights, but that isn't so evident here. He did introduce a couple of new concepts to me, like the equivalence of the symmetries and conservation laws, and how orbits can be described by conservation. These were entirely new though, so it wasn't like the new understanding of general relativity I gained from 'Six Not-so-Easy Pieces'. The final chapter on 'Seeking New Laws' fails to strike the right note for me, falling short of it's aims to explain where innovation comes from.
This is a book which doesn't deal directly with the laws of physics, there's plenty of those around already, some from the same author. It deals instead with the general structure of these laws, and how it is possible to have these laws in the first place. As such it is an interesting read, and should be considered if you have tired of books on relativity and quantum mechanics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very readable 15 Feb 2014
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written in an easy style but explaining correctly not with silly analogies. Easy (ish) for a scientist and do'able for most others. I will be buying other books.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book 12 Jan 2001
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Format:Paperback
This is a book that I really enjoyed because of Richard Feynman's fine writing style. He combined his scientific knowledge with his wit and it came out perfectly. I have read several of Mr. Feynman's books, but I think that this one comes out top. It explains gravity perfectly and the Chapter on Probability and Uncertainty was most interesting. I couldn't ask for more in a book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Thumbs up 10 Aug 1998
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Format:Hardcover
Can someone with freshman college physics understand Professor Feynmans theoretical physics? This cassette really combines well everything from Newton's Laws to quantum theory to Einsteinian gravity to the very mathematical (yet not too much) nature of physical law. The answer is with this two tape cassette (which I purchased and prefer) a definite yes. In spite of the fact that many of the readers aren't theoretical phyicists, this book really brings into focus "hard" physics. I bought this set hoping to benefit from Feynman's more humanistic teaching style and I was pleased with the results.
I highly recommend this read (listen).
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5.0 out of 5 stars My grandson will have this for Christmas 23 Nov 2013
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A very good read and not complicated. My grandson is 13 and will enjoy this. Alas Feynman died a few years ago
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant! 23 Aug 2013
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I recommend reading this and watching the lectures too. The written text is great for picking up the exact detail but the delivery is better heard from Feynman himself.
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