Feynman's Tips on Physics: Reflections, Advise, Insights, by Richard P. Feynman, Michael A. Gottlieb, Ralph Leighton

By Richard P. Feynman, Michael A. Gottlieb, Ralph Leighton

Feynman's pointers on Physics is a pleasant selection of Richard P. Feynman's insights and an important better half to his mythical Feynman Lectures on Physics.

With attribute aptitude, perception, and humor, Feynman discusses subject matters physics scholars usually fight with and provides helpful tips about addressing them. integrated listed below are 3 lectures on problem-solving and a lecture on inertial assistance passed over from The Feynman Lectures on Physics. An enlightening memoir via Matthew Sands and oral background interviews with Feynman and his Caltech colleagues supply firsthand debts of the origins of Feynman's landmark lecture sequence. additionally incorporated are incisive and illuminating routines initially built to complement The Feynman Lectures on Physics, by way of Robert B. Leighton and Rochus E. Vogt.

Feynman's pointers on Physics used to be co-authored by way of Michael A. Gottlieb and Ralph Leighton to supply scholars, academics, and fans alike a chance to benefit physics from a few of its maximum lecturers, the creators of The Feynman Lectures on Physics.

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Leighton took over the responsibility for the first-year students—giving the lectures and generally managing the course. Fortunately, the students now had available from the beginning the transcribed notes of Feynman’s lectures from the previous year. I became responsible for looking after the details of the second-year course, for which Feynman was now giving the lectures. And I was left with the responsibility of producing in a timely manner the edited transcripts. Because of the nature of the second-year material, I concluded that it would be most appropriate to take on the task myself.

I have often regretted that I had arranged for him to make a preface in this way, because I do not think that this was a very considered judgment. And I fear that it has been used by many teachers as an excuse for not trying out The Lectures with their students. The second and third volumes The story of the publication of the second year of lectures is a little different from the first year. First, when the second year came to an end (now about June of 1963) it was decided to split the lecture notes into two parts, to make two separate volumes: Electricity and Magnetism, and Quantum Physics.

Addison-Wesley received our ideas enthusiastically, but Caltech was initially skeptical. Ralph therefore appealed to Kip Thorne, the Richard Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, who eventually managed to achieve a mutual understanding among all involved, and who generously volunteered his time to oversee our work. Since Caltech did not want to amend the existing volumes of The Lectures for historical reasons, Ralph proposed putting the missing lectures in a separate book. That is the origin of this supplementary volume.

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