The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Definitive and Extended Edition Hardcover – 29 Jul 2005
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Richard P. Feynman was born in 1918 in Brooklyn and received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1942. Despite his youth, he played an important part in the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos during World War II. Subsequently, he taught at Cornell and at the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Sin-Itero Tomanaga and Julian Schwinger, for his work in quantum electrodynamics.
Dr. Feynman won his Nobel Prize for successfully resolving problems with the theory of quantum electrodynamics. He also created a mathematical theory that accounts for the phenomenon of superfluidity in liquid helium. Thereafter, with Murray Gell-Mann, he did fundamental work in the area of weak interactions such as beta decay. In later years Feynman played a key role in the development of quark theory by putting forward his parton model of high energy proton collision processes.
Beyond these achievements, Dr. Feynman introduced basic computational techniques and notations into physics, above all, the ubiquitous Feynman diagrams that, perhaps more than any other formalism in recent scientific history, have changed the way in which basic physical processes are conceptualized and calculated.
Feynman was a remarkable effective educator. Of all his numerous awards, he was especially proud of the Oersted Medal for Teaching which he won in 1972. The Feynman Lectures on Physics, originally published in 1963, were described by a reviewer in Scientific American as "tough, but nourishing and full of flavor. After 25 years it is the guide for teachers and for the best of beginning students." In order to increase the understanding of physics among the lay public, Dr. Feynman wrote The Character of Physical Law and Q.E.D.: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter. He also authored a number of advanced publications that have become classic references and textbooks for researchers and students.
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Buy this from Amazon US - it costs about £64, a saving of £30! Rip off Britain.
Note however, that this is not a popular science book. If you have never studied physics, it will be a lot of work to understand it all - having said that though, it is much more accessible than any textbook.
The book itself is beautiful - good quality hardback with silver leaf text adorning the front of each of the three volumes.
Overall I'd say:
1) Buy it if you are a physics undergraduate - It will help your understanding and application of some of your lecture material. I know this from experience.
2) If you have a serious interest in physics you could do a lot worse than buying these books.
3) If you're looking for a popular science book, or merely have a casual interest in physics, you'd probably be better with something like "In search of Schrodinger's cat" by John Gribbin, or "QED" or "Six easy pieces" both by Feynman.
If any teacher wants to learn how to teach a complicated subject then this is an excellent example.
As books go this collection is pricey, but with today's tuition fees the knowledge gained from these books seems invaluable. Easy to read but explanations of the subject are very detailed. I was good at science at school, but crap at reading, as such these books are ideal! I was often bored at school and, at the subjects I had talents for I was frustrated. I never found explanations of things were detailed enough. This collection has a great many in depth answers for those of us who wonder why, or how, or what exists inside atoms