Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher

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Basic Books, Mar 22, 2011 - Science - 176 pages
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It was Richard Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. Six Easy Pieces, taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, represent the most accessible material from the series.
In these classic lessons, Feynman introduces the general reader to the following topics: atoms, basic physics, energy, gravitation, quantum mechanics, and the relationship of physics to other topics. With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion with a minimum of jargon. Filled with wonderful examples and clever illustrations, Six Easy Pieces is the ideal introduction to the fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of modern times.
 

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User Review  - kendrabonnett - LibraryThing

Richard Feynman is a charismatic writer who tackles difficult concepts in physics and simplify them for the nonscience reader. It reminds me of a basic physics primer and a great review for science lovers. Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I guess my tastes have changed - these just didn't enthrall like they would have a few decades back. I did like one quote from the Special Preface:" "First figure out why you want the students to ... Read full review

Contents

1 Atom in Motion
1
2 Basic Physics
23
3 The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences
47
4 Conservation of Energy
69
5 The Theory of Gravitation
89
6 Quantum Behavior
115
Index
139
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Richard P. Feynman was Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize for his work on the development of quantum field theory. He was also one of the most famous and beloved figures of the twentieth century, both in physics and as a public intellectual.

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