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on 15 June 2002
In his usual style, Feynman teaches us not only Newtonian and Keplerian orbital mechanics, but he does it in a new and amusing manner. Most importantly, in the broader view, he reinforces one of his greates tlessons of his teaching career - there's no single "right way" to prove, demonstrate or teach something. We all (nearly all ?) learn orbital mechanics through calculus. It's not a visual nor intuitive way of doing it, and it's a hard slog. Feynman's (actually it's probably Newton's) method does it through simple plane geometry that the ancient Greeks would understand.
The authors are to be congratulated on dusting off these lecture notes and presenting them so well packaged. They're well presented, accessible, and given just the right amount of background context.
Feynman fans will like this book anyway, but it's also a good taster for Feynman's style that any child studying GCSE applied maths or mechanics could understand.
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on 7 November 2011
Ingenious and imaginative proof of the Kepler's law of elipses, as first described by Isaac Newton, explained in terms of high school geometry by Richard Feynman. Readable and understandable whilst lightly challenging.
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on 21 December 2012
Fascinating - always wanted to read it - it was exactly what I wanted - I bought a second copy for a friend who also enjoyed it
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on 7 November 2015
A real revelation from the mind of a genius.Well worth adding to your collection.
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on 23 March 2016
An alternative view of orbital mechanics, fascinating.
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on 3 January 2011
It is a very helpful book as it explains step by step including diagrams. Although it can be quite boring sometimes(because it is quite hard to understand), but I found the forth chapter very interesting as it talks about Feynman in real life. It is a good book.
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