The Feynman Lectures on Physics

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Perseus Books is pleased to continue its program to publish the complete collection of audio recordings of Feynman's famous Caltech course on which his classic textbook, Lectures on Physics, was based. This season we present the third and fourth volumes, which together we call "Feynman on Matter". We plan to release two more volumes per list until all III lectures have been published.These two volumes in the collection comprise a complete course on matter: Volume 3: From Crystal Structure to Magnetism includes chapters on the internal geometry of crystals, the refractive index of dense materials, elastic materials, dielectrics, and magnetism.Volume 4: Electrical and Magnetic Behavior includes chapters on propagation in a crystal lattice, semiconductors, the independent particle approximation, the Schrodinger equation in a classical context, superconductivity, paramagnetism and magnetic resonance, and ferromagnetism. Copyright Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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About the author (1989)

Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist, received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1942 and worked at Los Alamos, New Mexico, on the atomic bomb during World War II. From 1945 to 1950, he taught at Cornell University and became professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1950. Feynman made important contributions to quantum electrodynamics (QED) and electromagnetic interactions, such as interactions among electrons. In Feynman's approach, interactions are considered exchanges of virtual particles. For example, Feynman explained the interaction of two electrons as an exchange of virtual photons. Feynman's theory has proved to be accurate in its predictions. In 1965 the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three pioneers in quantum electrodynamics: Feynman, Julian Schwinger, and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Feynman was an outspoken critic of NASA for its failure to notice flaws in the design of the Challenger space shuttle, which resulted in its tragic explosion.

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