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Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher [NOOK Book]

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The six easiest chapters from Feynman's landmark work, Lectures on Physics-- specifically designed for the general, non-scientist reader.
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Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher

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Overview

The six easiest chapters from Feynman's landmark work, Lectures on Physics-- specifically designed for the general, non-scientist reader.
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Library Journal
Nobelist Feynman was a beloved character who brought physics to the public through TV and books. These two little volumes, selections from his seminal Lectures on Physics, explain the core theories of classical physics. (LJ 12/94)

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465025299
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 183,211
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note vii

Introduction Paul Davies ix

Special Preface xix

Feynman's Preface xxv

1 Atoms in Motion 1

Introduction 1

Matter is made of atoms 4

Atomic processes 10

Chemical reactions 15

2 Basic Physics 23

Introduction 23

Physics before 1920 27

Quantum physics 33

Nuclei and particles 38

3 The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences 47

Introduction 47

Chemistry 48

Biology 49

Astronomy 59

Geology 61

Psychology 63

How did it get that way? 64

4 Conservation of Energy 69

What is energy? 69

Gravitational potential energy 72

Kinetic energy 80

Other forms of energy 81

5 The Theory of Gravitation 89

Planetary motions 89

Kepler's laws 90

Development of dynamics 92

Newton's law of gravitation 94

Universal gravitation 98

Cavendish's experiment 104

What is gravity? 107

Gravity and relativity 112

6 Quantum Behavior 115

Atomic mechanics 115

An experiment with bullets 117

An experiment with waves 120

An experiment with electrons 122

The interference of electron waves 124

Watching the electrons 127

First principles of quantum mechanics 133

The uncertainty principle 136

Index 139

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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.

    1 out of 1 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.

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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.

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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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