Volume 1 makes up a beginning course in Quantum Mechanics and includes chapters on basic physics, quantum behavior, the relationship between the wave and particle viewpoints, probability amplitudes, and spin one and spin one-half particles.
Don't miss any of Richard P. Feynman's engaging physics lectures.
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Close your eyes, you're in a CalTech lecture theatre in 1962, sounds of chalk on board, chairs moving, chuckles and coughs from the audience. A distinctive accent narrates, like a tour guide, a path through the core of an apparent maze - quantum physics. He pauses, thinks, re-states an important point, and you can imagine him assessing - can they understand me? You ARE there, and this IS Dick Feynman at a peak, one of many, passing on the baton to the next generation. It is an engaging world view, full of common sense and an acute sense of good approximation. He even tells you what he doesn't know. His analysis of the central mystery of quantum mechanics - lumpy bullets, interfering waves, happening with real photons and electrons, giving counts & distributions which cannot be understood from our macroscopic experience - is a stunning display of not only his intelligence but his riveting personal style. A classic dissertation. I'd bought and read the hardcopy of his edited lectures, all of them, in the late 70's. This audio presentation was much better, like a full color movie compared to a pencil sketch. Wow! Even if he'd never won a Nobel, or touched quantum physics, he would still rate on the short list of all time greats. You can now hear why. This spoken record will stand for centuries, without staleness, a Principia from a modern day Newton.
The only way to follow these lectures is if you have the books
(ISBN 0-201--51003-0, 0-201-51004-9,0-201-501005-7) so you can follow the formulas and the diagrams.
However, the audio are all in just put together without a seeming order and you will have to buy all the audio volumes to follow the lectures in the order given in the books.
Vol 1 (audio) contains the following lectures.
Basic Physics (Vol. 1 Chapter 2 in the book)
Quantum Behavior (Vol. 1 Chapter 37)
The Relation of Wave and Particle Viewpoints (Vol 3 Chapter 2)
Probability Amplitudes (Vol 3 Chapter 3)
Spin One (Vol. 3 Chapter 5)
Spin One-Half (Vol 1 Chapter 6)
Hard to follow due to the fact that the lectures are in front of a blackboard and Mr. Feynman uses the blackboard to explain many of his key points. Would be a very good if it were video and the listener could see the blackboard. Without the visual, much of the audio is hard to follow.
I was very disappointed with this selection and won't be purchasing the remaining items in the series.
If you are someone who has enjoyed reading (listening) to explanations of physics for lay people in the past like I have, I think you may run into the same problem I did: everything not intended as review in the lecture is explained by use of blackboard diagrams THAT YOU CAN'T SEE! This is extremely frustrating, but something that shouldn't have been so surprising had I thought about it a little bit. Those of you familiar with the field may know that one of Feynman's most famous contributions to physics is (wait for it...) the Feynman diagram. Duh!
I know that these lectures have been available in physical audio tape format for quite some time (the lectures ARE from the 60s). I sure hope that they came with class notes, because Feynman's presentation is fairly quick and he is constantly referring to diagrams he is writing on the blackboard. Even when he refers to something by a variable name ("atom b") instead of visually ("this atom"), he went way too fast for me to follow without being able to glance back at the labeled diagram to keep up.
Conversely, I found that the sections in the beginning (the first hour or so) where he didn't refer to the blackboard much were nearly all review of pre-quantum learning and thus boring to someone who has heard the same explanation of what an electron and proton are a hundred times before.
This may be great for someone sitting at a desk listening with lecture notes. For a physics fan who listens to Audible content while driving to work or mowing the lawn, this is a very frustrating volume.
I've been waiting forever for Audible to list Feynman's lectures. He was an incredible talent. I'm anxious for Audible to start carrying all 20 volumes. In fact, I was thinking about cancelling my membership, but now that I can start getting these physics lectures I want to stay on!! :o) *Science Rocks!!*
I have had these on tape for about 3 years now and i keep listening to them. Now i finally have a digtal version. Thank you Audible.
This collection are the finest lectures on Science ever.
I read these lectures as an undergraduate. It is a good few years since and I still retain a great interest in physics. Even so try as I might I could work up no great enthusiasm at all for these recordings. The lectures were not given as radio lectures so they simply don't work. I kept falling asleep. There are books that are much better value on the site.
The Feynman Lectures along with Penrose's - The Road to Reality and Landau - A Course in Theoretical Physics are timeless classics in science. Of the three Feynman is the most readily accessible - Landau is meant for advanced undergraduate and postgraduates - Penrose is accessible to anyone but requires wading through math first. That the audio of these are available for download is a miracle. Everyone with an interest in science should get them. Experience the master first hand - it is exhilarating. As for cost think about the one a month plan so it only costs about $15.00 per month and enjoy new Feynman each month for nearly 2 years.
The first section is good and introduces quantum mechanics in an excellent way. Then, as things get more complicated, Feynman starts to draw diagrams on the blackboard, but we can't see these when only listening to the audio. That means that you miss a lot of important points, so this title is not really suited at all for audio alone.
Having never heard of Feynman (being an "ignorant" non Physicws European)I downloaded the book anyway based on te brilliant reviews.
True the lectures are very interesting and absolutely awesome. The lectures do keep you "glued". I did learn a lot.
One point of critique, these lectures are over a 40 years old, which might diminish some of the value and sometimes Feynman obviously scratches formulas on the board. He speaks out the formula but it is still a bit hard to follow. Thus in my experience some "written" backup material is excellent.
I very much recommend this book, just keep the limitations in mind when deciding to buy.
If you're serious about quantum mechanics then this is the best place to start. These are a sequence of undergraduate lectures given by Professor Richard Feynman in the early sixties whilst he was at Caltech. It is a no-nonsense introduction and deals with the facts and their derivations. I found myself having to concentrate hard to keep up but the 'pleasure of finding things out' makes it worthwhile. At the end I felt as though I had begun to develop a proper appreciation for the subject. The only possible downside is that you miss out on the quantitative derivations he sometimes makes on the board. Volume III of his lectures in print can alleviate this problem.
"Loses a lot without Diagrams"
I loved the presentation and down to earth style in which the lectures were given. However, without the diagrams which the author can be heard drawing on the blackboard, and which are referred to constantly, a number of the explanations are un-intelligable. A big pity, but I don't regret the purchase in spite of this.
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