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The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volume 3, From Crystal Structure to Magnetism
 By: Richard P. Feynman
 Narrated by: Richard P. Feynman
 Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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For more than 30 years, Richard P. Feynman's threevolume Lectures on Physics has been known worldwide as the classic resource for students and professionals alike. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as Einstein's general relativity, superconductivity, and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight.


What's the pattern on your wallpaper?
 By Mr. Michael A. Hewson on 052905
What's the pattern on your wallpaper?
Reviewed: 052905
You could pretty well rename this collection 'Modelling Of Bulk Matter' or somesuch. The trick is to define a basic model with the essence of what you want to investigate, set up some ( solvable ) equations, and then churn the math  simplifying and approximating as necessary. Eventually you will get a number(s) that can be checked against measurement. This way you link the microscopic ( theory ) with the macroscopic ( measurement ). If the prediction is sufficiently accurate, then it can be said that we have 'understanding' of things unseen. Mr Feynman yet again demonstrates his skill in explanation of one of the things he did for a living  theoretical physics. As he got his Nobel for nailing down 'quantum electrodynamics'  the interaction of charged particles, light etc.. at small scales  he is well qualified. It can difficult to be envision the detail of the calculations, but I found his interpretation of the results fascinating. His humour and accent I find delightful.
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volume 2, Advanced Quantum Mechanics
 By: Richard P. Feynman
 Narrated by: Richard P. Feynman
 Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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For more than 30 years, Richard P. Feynman's threevolume Lectures on Physics has been known worldwide as the classic resource for students and professionals alike. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as Einstein's general relativity, superconductivity, and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight.


You need the book to follow these lectures
 By Salvador on 040410
Beware left handed aliens!
Reviewed: 042105
More delightful explanations of the weirdo quantum stuff from the master! If you haven't the hardcopy of the relevant lectures, or prior exposure to the math, then some of the board scribbling will sound rather foggy. If so, don't despair, close attention will still repay. Indistinguishable alternatives combine amplitudes. If Bose particles they add. If Fermi particles they subtract. So photons tend to aggregate  hence say, induced emission and lasers. Electrons tend to exclude  hence say, stability and chemical properties of matter. Remember that the wave/particle models are only useful guides to behaviour, depending on circumstance. The accuracy of quantum mechanics ( with respect to prediction of experiment ) comes using the math machinery as defined, and there's the rub. It's hard because it's not ( macroscopically/everyday ) intuitive, and at the end of the calculations one then has to obtain a physical interpretation. However Mr Feynman is a very helpful guide... and recall he said that nobody understands quantum mechanics!
12 of 14 people found this review helpful

The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volume 1, Quantum Mechanics
 By: Richard P. Feynman
 Narrated by: Richard P. Feynman
 Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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For more than 30 years, Richard P. Feynman's threevolume Lectures on Physics has been known worldwide as the classic resource for students and professionals alike. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as Einstein's general relativity, superconductivity, and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight.


Great lectures, but given at the wrong order
 By Salvador on 040410
The Voice Of A Giant
Reviewed: 032905
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, restates 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.
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In Their Own Words
 The Space Race (The Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Missions)
 Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Rediscover the most groundbreaking moments in the history of space exploration with documentary narration, candid interviews, and the actual transmissions between Mission Control and crews of the Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini projects.


Well worth it
 By Shawn on 011604
 In Their Own Words
 The Space Race (The Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Missions)
Outstanding portrait of a proxy war
Reviewed: 032404
A vivid narrative of humanity's very brave entrance into the hostile environment of space. Quite an enlightening, even nostalgic, distraction from the current trend of negative, cringing and deconstructionist historical commentaries. If only Soviet society ( being shy of visible failure ) had been more forthcoming in their revelations. I feel sure the challenges, feelings and tragedies of the US program would similiarly resonate. This description encapsulates the Cold War as fought on quite high ground!