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

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Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was widely recognized as the most creative physicist of the post-World War II period. His career was extraordinarily expansive. From his contributions to the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos during World War II to his work in quantum electrodynamics, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1965, Feynman was celebrated for his brilliant and irreverent approach to physics. It was Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status...
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Overview

Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was widely recognized as the most creative physicist of the post-World War II period. His career was extraordinarily expansive. From his contributions to the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos during World War II to his work in quantum electrodynamics, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1965, Feynman was celebrated for his brilliant and irreverent approach to physics. It was Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman, at the California Institute of Technology, delivered a series of lectures that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. Six Easy Pieces, taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, represents the most accessible material from this series. In these six chapters, Feynman introduces the general reader to the following topics: atoms, basic physics, the relationship of physics to other topics, energy, gravitation, and quantum force. With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion without equations or technical jargon. Readers will remember how - using ice water and rubber - Feynman demonstrated with stunning simplicity to a nationally televised audience the physics of the 1986 Challenger disaster. It is precisely this ability - the clear and direct illustration of complex theories - that made Richard Feynman one of the most distinguished educators in the world. 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 scientists of our time.
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Library Journal
This book reprints the six easiest chapters from Feynman's celebrated Lectures on Physics (LJ 12/15/63), which the Nobel Prize-winning scientist delivered from 1961 to 1963 at the California Institute of Technology. Intended for as wide an audience as possible, these chapters are primarily qualitative in nature, with a minimum of formal mathematics. They discuss atoms, basic physics, the relation of physics to other sciences, the conservation of energy, gravitation, and quantum behavior. While this informative work provides a relevant historical perspective on the essentials of physics, the result is somewhat superficial. Nonetheless, because Lectures on Physics is out of print and because the information is still relevant, reprinting these specific chapters was probably a realistic move. The material will be readily understood by scholars, physics students, and informed lay readers. Recommended for academic and public libraries. (Audio tape and CD packages are also available.) -Donald G. Frank, Harvard Univ. Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
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Presents six of the easiest chapters from the Nobel Prize winner's celebrated text Lectures in Physics, originally published in 1963, which comprised the lectures he prepared for undergraduate students at Caltech in the early 1960s. Addressing key topics in largely qualitative terms without formal mathematics, the six selections discuss atoms in motion, basic physics, the relation of physics to other sciences, conservation of energy, the theory of gravitation, and quantum behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201408256
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/10/1996
  • Series: Helix Book Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 146
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Introduction
Special Preface
Feynman's Preface
1 Atoms 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
About Richard Feynman 145
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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    I have been away from Physics for awhile and this was a very enj

    I have been away from Physics for awhile and this was a very enjoyable refresher. Dr Feynman is a very good lecturer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    This was for my grandson--he loves it!

    My grandson is a high school senior who likes science and math--particularly physics. His teacher is strong on the math part, but finds it hard to articulate the essence of the ideas. Grandson says this book gave him a lot of insight he'd been lacking.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    Who knew physics could be so engaging

    I brought this book along on vacation as a lark and was glad that I did. I found it very engaging. The concepts the Feynman put forth were clear (mind you I had to read over sections a few times to get it sometimes but it was undertandable). This book was far from dry.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Nook terrible for tech bpols

    Figs. cannot be resized, nook is useless for tech books 4 stars for Easy Pieces. But buy hard copy. 1 star for nook!

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

    Somewhat disappointing

    Feynman is a good writer and explains the principles of physics clearly, but unfortunately his illustrative figures and equations are much too small to be seen, much too small for e-ink to reproduce. This is a fault in the editors of these issues; in the paperback versions they are easy to read. The figures are essential to understanding his explanations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Six Easy Pieces Surprisingly Entertaining

    Just finished the first chapter, loved it!

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