Simplified gives mere mortals access to the fabled Feynman Lectures on
As a Caltech undergraduate, I had
amazing opportunity to learn physics directly from the greatest
scientist of our age. He had an uncanny ability to unravel the most
complex mysteries, reveal the key underlying principles, and provide a
profound understanding of nature. I absorbed all I could. His style and
enthusiasm were as
important as the facts and equations.
Professors of the highest rank typically only teach an occasional
upper-level graduate class; they rarely teach undergraduates. But
Feynman saw that the traditional pulleys-and-capacitors undergraduate
physics classes didn’t well prepare students for modern physics.
Therefore, he created a whole new curriculum and personally taught
Caltech’s freshman and sophomore physics classes in the academic years
1961-62 and 1962-63.
It’s a great shame that so many
much difficulty with the original course. The biggest problem was that
so much challenging material flew by so quickly. Everyone who took
these classes agreed that Feynman’s lectures were like “sipping from a
I hope to help change that
and bring Feynman’s genius to a wider audience.
|For those who have
struggled with the Big Red Books,
and for those who were reluctant to take the plunge, Feynman Simplified
is for you.
makes Feynman’s lectures easier to understand
without watering down his brilliant insights. There is a review
of key concepts at the end of each chapter, and another at the end of
each eBook, to help focus attention on what matters most. Problem sets
(with answers) are also provided for those wishing to exercise their
self-contained; you don’t need to go back and
forth between this book and The Feynman Lectures on Physics. But for
those who wish to read both, I provide references to Feynman’s books.
There is no better way to truly learn physics than from a truly great
physicist. Feynman taught us more than just physics — he taught us how
to think like a physicist.
major discoveries have been made in the last 50 years; Feynman
Simplified augments and modifies his lectures as necessary to provide
the best explanations of the latest developments. Links to additional
information on many topics are included.
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