Six Easy Pieces Richard P. Feynman

Six Easy Pieces

By Richard P. Feynman

  • Release Date: 2012-10-23
  • Genre: Textbooks
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Description

From 1961 to 1963, Richard Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. Six Easy Pieces, taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, includes the most approachable material from the series.

In these classic lessons, Feynman introduces you to the following topics: atoms, basic physics, energy, gravitation, quantum behavior, and the relationship of physics to other sciences. With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion with his singular cadence and vigor. This textbook is filled with wonderful examples and illustrations of physics, and pictures and audio from the lectures.  It is as if you are in the Caltech lecture hall when the lectures occurred. You will also discover in Feynman a passion for physics so grand that he expressed it through poetry, music and painting.

Six Easy Pieces is the ideal introduction to the fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of modern times.

Reviews

  • Greatest Textbook!

    5
    By jamesnye
    Wish the complete verison FLP can be avilible on iBooks Store!
  • Good, but a lost opportunity

    4
    By Mario62
    First, as you might expect, the content of this work is classic Feynman, and hence wonderful. The book contains the writings and drawings of Feynman (reworked in some cases), intermixed with photos of Feynman at the blackboard and audio clips from his lectures. However, in transferring the masterful teachings of Feynman to a new medium, the authors/editors missed several huge opportunities: 1. The drawings were reworked, but they do not take advantage of the new medium. In many of his descriptions, Feynman points out that his drawings are limited by his medium: they are not to scale; or they are not animated; or that they depict two dimensions when three would capture the meaning better. All of these could have been addressed in the reworking, with suitable captioning to explain why the new depictions were introduced, and the new insights obtained. 2. No attempt has been made to point out where the material is out of date and has been superseded by developments. The basic material, is, after all 50 years old, and quite a lot has happened since then. All this would have taken is a few additional footnotes and references. 3. The computer is an interactive medium, but no attempt has been made to harness this power. This would have taken effort and budget, but could have made the material so much more accessible. In short, this is a fine attempt at preserving the original lectures and combining the text, audio recordings, photos and drawings into a single, connected work. But there is still room for someone to produce an introductory text that explains the modern understanding of physics in a way that leverages the medium fully.
  • Perfection

    5
    By Ed_Teach
    A great read for any kind of reader. The content of the book is one thing that makes this a pageturner. The pictures, soundclips and animations just make it even more enjoyable. Easy to understand and relatable.