Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set Hardcover – 27 Jan 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
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 expected. Maths a little difficult for me, but still worth reading.Published 3 months ago by Mr Richard T Green
Good quality. Excellent present. Looks great on the bookshelf!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is amazing, I've been using it with my freshman electromagnetism course and it's remarkable the aproach that Feynman gives to the subject. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Isidre Mas Magre
As a physicist, I highly recommend this piece of art, it's astonishing!Published 11 months ago by Bruno Costa
Great book, amazing content, but one little thing: text is crammed in the book which cant bent, so there is a matter of book binding/small indents in the middle.Published 14 months ago by Diogenis Devletoglou