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  • Hardcover: 1552 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New Millennium ed. edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465023827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465023820
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 9.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard P. Feynman was Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize for his work on the development of quantum field theory. He was also one of the most famous and beloved figures of the twentieth century, both in physics and as a public intellectual.


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I approached the decision to purchase this collection with much hesitation. You, the reader of this review are, in all likelihood aware of the fact that another version of this product is available for purchase at a much cheaper price. Yes, this version will dent your wallet considerably more, however it must be said that the overall feel of this version is a great advantage. Bear in mind that there is approximately 1500 pages worth of content, so to have a stable hardcover is indispensible. The cheaper version has a tenuous softcover which will show considerable wear after heavy use. I also love the colour choice for this product and the font is perfect for the content. I also like the feel of the pages with this version.

As the proverb says "Don't judge a book by its cover" so, with the aesthetics out of the way let's move on to what lies beneath that magnificent exterior. This is presented in three volumes and in it, Feynman covers a vast plethora of topics. Volumes I and II cover too many topics to discuss in this review. However, Volume II is generally concerned with the concept of Quantum Electrodynamics (or QED) and other concepts within quantum theory. For the most casual of readers, I would recommend "Quantum: A Guide For the Perplexed" by Jim Al-Khalili or "QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter" by Richard Feynman for a fundamental understanding of Quantum Theory. Although there are more rigorous and explicit dissections of each of the presented topics in many of Feynman's other works, most of them are scattered across various publications, and in many cases, in more advanced texts designated for the bookshelf of the university student.
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Although these books themselves need no review, the paper quality does; It's really thin. Like REALLY thin.
Figuring how much money you are about to spend on these brilliant books, I would recommend giving it a second thought before buying.
I must add however that I do not regret buying at all!
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For my 18th birthday I was given a total of £100 in amazon vouchers. Since I was going to university to read Physics with Astrophysics, it made sense to me to purchase the Feynman Lectures, because any Physics course worth studying requires the reading of these lectures at some point; and this was a great opportunity to purchase them.
While the paperback version of the three books can be found individually on this website for a bit cheaper, I would definitely recommend splashing out for the boxed, hardcover version. They look great both in and out of their box, and they should remain in your library for a long time; keeping them in a box is a great way to keep them in an immaculate condition.
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Any further praise for the contents of the book would probably be redundant. We all know it's an absolute great classic, and the current revised edition is particularly noteworthy. However, I'd like to comment of the technical quality of the binding...

The book looks beautiful inside out, and both paper and cover are of very good quality. What completely disqualifies the copy I received, however, is the glued and very stiff paperback-like spine of the binding. I'm aware that this edition has had a few printings to date, so the disappointing feature I'm describing might be specific only to this particular printing. I hope this is the case, because having returned the book to Amazon, I'm hoping to find another copy (that is from a different printing) with proper cloth binding elsewhere.

Besides, the set arrived with a bump to one of the corners, so the basic box packing in which it shipped was clearly insufficient.
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This is the Millennium edition of a famous set of three books, based the lectures of a world famous scientist and educator.
This edition was re-mastered in digital form, making it practical to incorporate many amendments submitted by physicists over the years, that had not been incorporated in previous editions. I have been dipping into the books over several months, and found them most readable and informative. However having graduated in the UK in the early 1970s, when only SI units were used in scientific subjects, I was surprised to find that CGS (centimetre gram second) units are retained, presumably where he used them in his lectures: the temptation to update to SI, i.e. 'rationalised MKS' units has so far been resisted by the editors. Notwithstanding this feature, highly recommended for anyone interested in a quantum-mechanical view of Newtonian physics - and beyond. It helps concentration if you have first listened to the master himself on youtube, and can read with his accent and sense of humour.
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As an undergraduate physics student, this set of books is synonymous with the subject, and it truly lives up to that reputation! Full of lucid explanations and incredible insights. Really well priced and in a beautiful boxed set. Thank you seller!
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Arrived on time well packaged..Xmas gift for my Son (trust me, he will be thrilled) he rates these and they were on his list. .apparently they are the holy grail of physics books. .if you are or you know a physics nerd these are the books to own.
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