THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE RECORDED AUDIO LECTURES ON TAPE. IT IS A REVIEW OF AUDIO VOLUME FIFTEEN - NOT ANY OTHER VOLUME AND NOT THE "FEYNMAN LECTURES ON PHYSICS" BOOK DESPITE AMAZON'S PLACEMENT OF THIS REVIEW ON THE PRINTED BOOK WEB PAGE. (the system also seems to miss-associate these reviews with the incorrect audio volumes.)
This volume is part two of "Feynman on Electricity & Magnetism" - Volume 14 is part one.
OK, that warning aside, the subject is Electricity & Magnetism. The man is Feynman. Here's what you get:
Six hours of Feynman lecturing (in his characteristic idiosyncratic demeanor) to students at the California Institute of Technology during the early years of the 1960's. Yes folks, that's right: Six 1 hour lectures on six audio tapes covering the chapters 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, & 14 from which volume two of the printed lectures was transcribed. The lectures also cover some serious mathematics (Differential & Vector Calculus). This is where owning a copy of the printed lectures is necessary for following his use of the massive University lecture hall chalkboards. Of course Professor Feynman makes use of the chalkboard which you won't have the advantage of seeing but you could keep a copy of the printed lectures on hand (separate purchase) to get whatever visuals you need from the transcribed illustrated diagrams which were published (I do this and it's handy). The only audio editing is from the publisher announcing the date, lecture title, and where each chapter subsection begins. It is interesting to hear the background noise of the students as they file in and out of the lecture hall and towards the end of each lecture. You also hear bells in the hallway signaling the end of the class or possibly the lunch break. The students enthusiastically demonstrate their appreciation of Professor Feynman's efforts by applauding him at the end of each lecture. Mostly I just listen to these tapes (I have a collection of over 80 taped lectures) on my one hour a day commute each day, over and over again. It's like I'm always in school with the great genius of Feynman every day!
This audio volume (#15) is part 2 of 2 - see audio volume #14 for part 1.
Here's how these audio lectures correlate to the printed 'Lectures on Physics' by audiocassette to volume & chapter for each book:
Tape 1 was recorded on Oct 18, 1962 at CALTECH and subsequently transcribed & published in the printer volumes as follows:
Volume II, Chapter 7: The Electric Field in Various Circumstances
Tape 2 - Oct 22, 1962
Volume II, Chapter 8: Electrostatic Energy
Tape 3 - Oct 25, 1962
Volume II, Chapter 9: Electricity in the Atmosphere
Tape 4 - Nov 8, 1962
Volume II, Chapter 12: Electrostatic Analogs
Tape 5 - Nov 12, 1962
Volume II, Chapter 13: Magnetostatics
Tape 6 - Nov 15, 1962
Volume II, Chapter 14: The Magnetic Field in Various Situations
Look for all of the other audio lectures on tape by visiting my "The Complete Audio Feynman Lectures on Physics..." Listmania List.