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Reading Feynmann's Lectures in the Holidays.

  1. Nov 26, 2009 #1
    I'm wanting to read some physics text these holidays. Would you recommend starting with Feynmann's lecture series 1-3? I can get this for approx. $99 AUD. Then I heard that Quantum Theory by David Bohm was also good and I would therefore proceed with Bohm's text following Feynmann's. Any suggestions?

    Note: I would also certainly do some of the problems as I go. So not just reading.
     
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  3. Nov 26, 2009 #2
    "These holidays" is not enough time , with any stretch of imagination, to go through Feynman lectures. Start with Feynman, it will take a lot of time to comprehend all the material in it, and work problems. Years, if its your first serious exposure to physics.
     
  4. Nov 26, 2009 #3
    I have completed physics courses previously. In relativity, quantum and electromagnetism. However that was over a year ago and well Feynman's Lecture series has always been on my list of to dos however never really found the time until now and also was not sure of the length of Feynman's series and how long it would take me.
     
  5. Nov 26, 2009 #4

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    Oh, it takes a while. I've had the full set (deluxe hardback edition) for over ten years now, and I have not "read through it" yet. There are certain parts that I have gone over several times (his general description on energy is great). And other parts that I really can not comprehend (a lot of the necessary math is just gone, and some I really never knew [such as the <ket||bra> stuff ]). There are sections that are "classic," such as gravitation, and sections that are forgettable (I can't remember which).

    I recommend skimming for what interests you, but doubtless, it is worth it.
     
  6. Nov 27, 2009 #5
    I picked http://books.google.com/books?id=BP...esnum=4&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=&f=false"because it seemed to be an amount that was in a format to make it more easily digestible. Then again I am amateur, as it has to do with physics. My background is in biomechanics and all I had in college was a basic physics class, pretty tuff stuff. I am reading it for the second time currently.
     
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  7. Nov 27, 2009 #6
    I have that book written in German and have read about half way through. But I've never had time to go back to it because I've had other things to read which also interest me.
     
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