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Jan2213, 04:21 PM

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Jan2213, 04:25 PM

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Mmh, I forgot to make it a poll.
And I don't know quite how to categorize it, since they contain both classical physics and quantum physics. Ah well, I'll just make it Classical for now. It's mostly volume III that is about quantum physics. 


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The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
A Must Have Series in Every Physicists BookCase. Used this High to till yet (Undergraduate).



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Jan2213, 05:12 PM

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This is a book every physicist should own. I still get something out of it every time I dip into it. I would not recommend it as a text to learn physics from initially, partly because there aren't any homework problems. For firsttime learners who can handle this level of math and this intellectual level, I'd suggest Kleppner and Kolenkow for mechanics, and Purcell for E&M.



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One of the most enjoyable reads ever. I always end up learning something when I decide to break them out, even though I've read the majority of the chapters a few times already.



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Jan2313, 06:12 PM

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Not good as a text, but spectacular physics books to facilitate thinking about physics.



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Volume 1. Mainly mechanics, radiation, and heat
Preface: "When new ideas came in, I would try either to deduce them if they were deducible or to explain that it was a new idea ... and which was not supposed to be provable." Chapter 1. Atoms in motion Chapter 2. Basic Physics Chapter 3. The relation of physics to other sciences Chapter 4. Conservation of energy Chapter 5. Time and distance Chapter 6. Probability Chapter 7. The theory of gravitation Chapter 8. Motion Chapter 9. Newton's laws of dynamics Chapter 10. Conservation of momentum Chapter 11. Vectors Chapter 12. Characteristics of force Chapter 13. Work and potential energy (A) Chapter 14. Work and potential energy (conclusion) Chapter 15. The special theory of relativity Chapter 16. Relativistic energy and momentum Chapter 17. Spacetime Chapter 18. Rotation in two dimensions Chapter 19. Center of mass; Moment of inertia Chapter 20. Rotation in space Chapter 21. The harmonic oscillator Chapter 22. Algebra Chapter 23. Resonance Chapter 24. Transients Chapter 25. Linear systems and review Chapter 26. Optics: The principle of least time Chapter 27. Geometrical optics Chapter 28. Electromagnetic radiation Chapter 29. Interference Chapter 30. Diffraction Chapter 31. The origin of the refractive index Chapter 32. Radiation damping. Light scattering Chapter 33. Polarization Chapter 34. Relativistic effects in radiation Chapter 35. Color vision Chapter 36. Mechanisms of seeing Chapter 37. Quantum behavior Chapter 38. The Relation of Wave and particle viewpoints Chapter 39. The kinetic theory of gases Chapter 40. The principles of statistical mechanics Chapter 41. The brownian movement Chapter 42. Applications of kinetic theory Chapter 43. Diffusion Chapter 44. The laws of thermodynamics Chapter 45. Illustrations of thermodynamics Chapter 46. Ratchet and pawl Chapter 47. Sound. The wave equation Chapter 48. Beats Chapter 49. Modes Chapter 50. Harmonics Chapter 51. Waves Chapter 52. Symmetry in physical laws Volume 2. Mainly electromagnetism and matter Chapter 1. Electromagnetism Chapter 2. Differential calculus of vector fields Chapter 3. Vector integral calculus Chapter 4. Electrostatics Chapter 5. Application of Gauss' law Chapter 6. The electric field in various circumstances Chapter 7. The electric field in various circumstances (continued) Chapter 8. Electrostatic energy Chapter 9. Electricity in the atmosphere Chapter 10. Dielectrics Chapter 11. Inside dielectrics Chapter 12. Electrostatic analogs Chapter 13. Magnetostatics Chapter 14. The magnetic field in various situations Chapter 15. The vector potential Chapter 16. Induced currents Chapter 17. The laws of induction Chapter 18. The Maxwell equations Chapter 19. The principle of least action Chapter 20. Solutions of Maxwell's equations in free space Chapter 21. Solutions of Maxwell's equations with currents and charges Chapter 22. AC circuits Chapter 23. Cavity resonators Chapter 24. Waveguides Chapter 25. Electrodynamics in relativistic notation Chapter 26. Lorentz transformations of the fields Chapter 27. Field energy and field momentum Chapter 28. Electromagnetic mass Chapter 29. The motion of charges in electric and magnetic fields Chapter 30. The internal geometry of crystals Chapter 31. Tensors Chapter 32. Refractive index of dense materials Chapter 33. Reflection from surfaces Chapter 34. The magnetism of matter Chapter 35. Paramagnetism and magnetic resonance Chapter 36. Ferromagnetism Chapter 37. Magnetic materials Chapter 38. Elasticity Chapter 39. Elastic materials Chapter 40. The flow of dry water Chapter 41. The flow of wet water Chapter 42. Curved space Volume 3. Quantum mechanics Chapter 1. Quantum behavior Chapter 2. The relation of wave and particle viewpoints Chapter 3. Probability amplitudes Chapter 4. Identical particles Chapter 5. Spin one Chapter 6. Spin onehalf Chapter 7. The dependence of amplitudes on time Chapter 8. The Hamiltonian matrix Chapter 9. The ammonia maser Chapter 10. Other twostate systems Chapter 11. More twostate systems Chapter 12. The hyperfine splitting in hydrogen Chapter 13. Propagation in a crystal lattice Chapter 14. Semiconductors Chapter 15. The independent particle approximation Chapter 16. The dependence of amplitudes on position Chapter 17. Symmetry and conservation laws Chapter 18. Angular momentum Chapter 19. The hydrogen atom and the periodic table Chapter 20. Operators Chapter 21. The Schrödinger equation in a classical context: a seminar on superconductivity 


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I'm going to be starting my university physics sequence in the spring, and I'm planning on getting some supplementary material sometime between now and then. Would the Feynman Lectures be an appropriate choice for supplementary material in an introductory University Physics sequence? The topics seem to be pretty similar to the topics that are contained in it. I've read countless glowing reviews about the Feynman Lectures, and as people have mentioned in this thread too, it sounds like these are some books that every physicist/physics student should own.
If so, what's the best version to purchase? I was looking at the boxed set that was published in January 2011, http://www.amazon.com/TheFeynmanLe...ynman+lectures I've read some reviews about this box set getting revamped later in 2011 to include a "Tips on Physics" section, along with a bunch of extra supplementary material. I've read a little bit about this idea getting scrapped though, in favor of publishing a separate volume of "Tips on Physics." This is what I've found on Amazon... http://www.amazon.com/FeynmansTips...ips+on+physics Would it be a good idea to pick this up along with the Lectures? I'm also seeing another version of the Feynman Lectures that was published in Oct 2011, but they don't appear to be offered in a box set, and they're paperback, rather than hardcover. Are they worth getting instead of the ones from January 2011? Is there any significant difference? Any input would be much appreciated! 


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Aug613, 02:34 AM

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The Feynman lectures are simply marvelous. It's fun to read and very instructive (particularly vol. 2 on electrodynamics; vol. 3 on quantum theory is a bit weaker but also worth studying).



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Do you happen to know anything about the differences between the different editions? It sounds like there have been a TON of errors corrected through the years. Compared with the original editions, it sounds like over 1000 errors have been corrected in the newer versions. Thanks for the input!! 


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Although written to be "freshmen" books, the Feynman lectures for sure are not the book to start with. There should be some familiarity with physics. I'd recommend them for students in the 2nd year as theoreticalphysics books. Also, before you buy any book, you should borrow it from the library before and check whether you like them!



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Apr1514, 04:47 PM

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Note that the Feynman lectures are now available for free online:
http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/ I'm assuming it's legit since it's through the Caltech website... (Maybe add this link to the top post?) 


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