The Feynman Lectures on Physics?
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21-03-2013, 08:46 AM
The Feynman Lectures on Physics?
I'd love to learn physics, so I'm looking for good books. I've heard of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, and wondered if it's a good book for a beginner like me? Just how much can it contribute to my understanding (or lack of thereof) of physics?
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21-03-2013, 09:05 AM
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(21-03-2013 08:46 AM)Vlad Wrote:  I'd love to learn physics, so I'm looking for good books. I've heard of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, and wondered if it's a good book for a beginner like me? Just how much can it contribute to my understanding (or lack of thereof) of physics?

Don't buy them. Go find them in a library and read a few. They are a good intro, but his style is a little quirky IMO. Some people don't like it. I loved them.

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21-03-2013, 09:51 AM
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(21-03-2013 09:05 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(21-03-2013 08:46 AM)Vlad Wrote:  I'd love to learn physics, so I'm looking for good books. I've heard of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, and wondered if it's a good book for a beginner like me? Just how much can it contribute to my understanding (or lack of thereof) of physics?

Don't buy them. Go find them in a library and read a few. They are a good intro, but his style is a little quirky IMO. Some people don't like it. I loved them.
Our libraries, unfortunately, don't have such books as far as I know. These books weren't translated to Hebrew, so finding them in our libraries - much less in English - are practically non-existent.
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21-03-2013, 01:01 PM
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Yikes. But thou speakest English sirrah, hence hie thee to a vendor of literature Wink I never got very far with Feynman, he sits patiently on my bookshelf awaiting the day I stop running around like a madman... *however* what little I did read was *exciting*. I vote get them Smile I also hear that many videos of his lectures exist and indeed are *also* inspiring to watch.
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21-03-2013, 05:24 PM
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read "6 easy pieces". Its a collection of some of the easier to understand parts of the lectures but it will give you the best idea of what to expect.
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22-03-2013, 03:13 PM
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You can't go far wrong with Hawking, either - A Brief History of Time has been updated a couple of times, and there's also The Universe in a Nutshell.

I just picked up "A Cultural History of Physics" by Karoly Simonyi. Awesome book; it might just be my new favourite. As with Feynman it's now a little dated (first publication 1978), but then, the developments of the last couple decades aren't too much of a concern if your starting position is far back enough.
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26-03-2013, 01:09 AM
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(21-03-2013 08:46 AM)Vlad Wrote:  I'd love to learn physics, so I'm looking for good books. I've heard of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, and wondered if it's a good book for a beginner like me?
No. I took a look at the Feynman Lectures while studying for my M.S. Wait until you have your B.S.

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27-03-2013, 08:18 AM
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(21-03-2013 05:24 PM)Thoughtful Nate Wrote:  read "6 easy pieces". Its a collection of some of the easier to understand parts of the lectures but it will give you the best idea of what to expect.

Just ordered this book. I am looking forward to it.
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27-03-2013, 10:52 PM
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(27-03-2013 08:18 AM)devilsadvoc8 Wrote:  
(21-03-2013 05:24 PM)Thoughtful Nate Wrote:  read "6 easy pieces". Its a collection of some of the easier to understand parts of the lectures but it will give you the best idea of what to expect.

Just ordered this book. I am looking forward to it.

It's not very large unfortunately, so its a pretty quick read. Deffinatly an awesome book though if you like Feynmans... Style? lol
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28-03-2013, 12:15 AM
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Area you looking to read about concepts in physics, or are you looking to learn some basic (college level) physics? For the former, Niel Degrasse Tyson is always a good read. Alternatively, I might be able to find some pdfs of my old physics textbook if that's what you are interested in.

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