Read The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard Feynman Robert B. Leighton Matthew L. Sands Online


The revised edition of Feynman's legendary lectures includes extensive corrections and updates collated by Feynman and his colleagues. A new foreword by Kip Thorne, the current Richard Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, discusses the relevance of the new edition to today’s readers. This boxed set also includes Feynman’s new Tips on Physics — the four prevThe revised edition of Feynman's legendary lectures includes extensive corrections and updates collated by Feynman and his colleagues. A new foreword by Kip Thorne, the current Richard Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, discusses the relevance of the new edition to today’s readers. This boxed set also includes Feynman’s new Tips on Physics — the four previously unpublished lectures that Feynman gave to students preparing for exams at the end of his course. Thus, this 4 — volume set is the complete and definitive edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Packaged in a specially designed slipcase, this 4 — volume set provides the ultimate legacy of Feynman’s extraordinary contribution to students, teachers, researches, and lay readers around the world....

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  • Kristopher
    2018-11-10 02:07

    I recognize that few will purchase this, but it is the most incredible set of explanations of the basic principles of physics by the most infectiously charming and lucid teacher of it. It has a great conversational tone and is thereby quite readable. Feynman provides excellent examples and thorough explanation. He also gives his honest opinion (as always) to anything controversial. Just a great read if you are curious about such things.

  • Armineh Nouri
    2018-10-25 09:04

    It took me about a year to finish all three volumes, after which I can say I have followed and remembered roughly 20% of Feynman's endless derivations. Nevertheless I have immensely enjoyed every page. I once read an article by an educator who advocated for early teaching of concepts related to infinitesimals and transfinites, exponentiation and concepts related to rate of growth and decline in nature. Her idea was that math and science teachers often follow a chronological order, based on the history of science and the order in which various concepts were discovered and evolved. Instead they should follow a logical order, beginning with "fundamentals" instead of "basics." To me, Feynman's book wholly represents this idea. The content is organized really well, so it makes it easy to follow the big pictures even if details are getting lost here and there. To anyone who might not have the time to go through all volumes, I highly recommend chapters 1-6, 37-38, and 52 of the first volume, chapters 1-4, 18, and 30 of the second volume, and chapters 1-8 of the third volume.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-10 04:57

    Yay for accessible physics! Enough said.

  • Jose Moa
    2018-11-08 07:18

    The Feynmans physics course is a non comon undergraduate course because though there are some formulae and math deductions the book is mainly focussed on the explain in deep the fundamental laws and concepts that the in the matemathical expresions,and this are obtaine generally by inductive reasoning,It touches all fundamental subjects,is writen in a very interesting and readable way and sometimes make striking incursions and results that other books dont make,for example from a similar Klein-Gordon relativistic invariant equation for a scalar field,easily obtains by qualitative reasoning the expresión for the Yukava potential for strong interaction scalar meson.A book readable for all with a hig school backgrund and really interested in learn physics,a book that is in physics the twin brother of the renowned book in matemathics by Alexandrov,Kolmogorov and others titled The Matemathics his Methods and Meaning

  • Kerem Cankocak
    2018-11-13 04:11

    Bu üç cilt ek­sik­siz pe­da­go­jik bir ça­lış­ma­dır. Ay­rı­ca Feyn­man’ın 1961-64 yıl­la­rı ara­sın­da, Ca­li­for­nia Tek­no­lo­ji Ens­ti­tü­sün­de (Cal­tech) alan­la­rı­na ba­kıl­mak­sı­zın bü­tün bi­rin­ci ve ikin­ci sı­nıf öğ­ren­ci­le­ri­nin ih­ti­ya­cı ol­du­ğu li­sans fi­zik ders­le­ri­nin ta­rih­sel bir kay­dı­dır.Feynman Dersleri’nin I. Cildi, 1961-62 aka­de­mik yı­lın­da Ca­li­for­ni­a Tek­no­lo­ji Ens­ti­tü­sün­de (Cal­tech) Prof. R.P. Feyn­man ta­ra­fın­dan gi­riş fi­zi­ği der­si ola­rak ve­ril­miş olan bir kon­fe­rans­lar di­zi­si­ne da­yan­mak­ta­dır; tüm Cal­tech bi­rin­ci ve ikin­ci sı­nıf öğ­ren­ci­le­ri­nin al­dı­ğı iki-yıl­lık gi­riş der­si­nin ilk yı­lı­nı kap­sa­mak­ta­dır; ikin­ci yı­lı kap­sa­yan ben­zer bir di­zi de1962-63’te bu­nun pe­şin­den gel­miş­ti. Kon­fe­rans­lar, dört-yıl­lık prog­ram için­de, gi­riş der­si­nin te­mel­den göz­den ge­çi­ri­li­şi­nin ana par­ça­sı­nı oluş­tur­mak­ta­dır. Kitap, alışıldık fiziğe giriş konularının dışına çıkar. Kuantum fiziğine giriş niteliği de taşıyan bu kitap, Feynman’ın dehasını ve en zor konuları basite indirme becerisini yansıtmaktadır.

  • Yanni
    2018-11-11 06:09

    Wonderful! A high-quality work for the undergraduate of brilliant quality. First rate stuff, but DO NOT READ if you want to get a good degree these days, since the methods of introducing some of the subjects in these works is quite different to how physics is taught today - particularly the 3rd volume on Quantum Mechanics....I always love these deep insightful lectures - such a completely original mind. Not always easy to follow... But, these were delivered at Caltech, perhaps the finest place in the world to study physics at the time (apart from in Russia, with Lev Landau), so the standards were pretty tough - and even then, many of the students complained that these were too "off beat" for them to be able to swallow and regurgitate in their final exams. You have been warned! But real wisdom isn's always "easy" and does take time to digest and should not really simple be puked out into an exam paper. Sadly, in today's world, when university lecturers are marked on their performance by the students, such works of genius like this would never arise in our society where everyone has to pass.

  • Erik
    2018-10-31 09:19

    I used to see this on people's shelves when I was a kid and always wondered what was inside the "three red books." Well the short answer is: everything. It's a great way to learn physics Feynman's way, which means very little problem solving but a lot of deep comprehension and a thematic approach to physics. Meaning: he shows you certain paradigmatic problems which illuminate the physical world and which you can use over and over again. Also he shows you advance peeks at more advanced science, which you will certainly not get in most undergrad physics textbooks. Caveat: Feynman is not so deep philosophically. His take on relativity is strictly for calculational purposes and even in quantum (his specialty) you will find very few deep philosophical insights into the theory besides just: "shut up and calculate!" He seemed to be allergic to mixing philosophy and physics but sometimes it is unavoidable.

  • Anthony
    2018-11-11 05:08

    Legendary.This physics course was delivered at prestigious Caltech during academic years 1961-63 by a passionate Nobel laureate, a genius who felt so uneasy with quantum mechanics that he sort of rewrote his own formulation. The final cleaned & trimmed form is by Leighton and Sands. The course covers all the basics: mechanics, thermodynamics (first volume), electromagnetism and some continuum mechanics (vol.2), quantum mechanics (vol.3). The special boxed edition includes also a fourth booklet "Feynman's Tips On Physics - A Problem-solving Supplement to The Feynman Lectures on Physics".The Lectures can be useful both for undergraduate students as textbook, and as a bedtime reading for experienced physicists.I already had the separate volumes. I bought this luxury box set just to appease a fit of bibliomania and to celebrate an era that will never come back. These books always give me a sense of melancholy: young Prof. Feynman, sunny California, the optimistic 60's, a bright future in front of mankind...If, in some cataclysm, all scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis (or atomic fact, or whatever you wish to call it) that all things are made of atoms — little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. In that one sentence you will see an enormous amount of information about the world, if just a little imagination and thinking are applied.

  • Fergus Murray
    2018-10-27 10:20

    Although the Feynman Lectures are not always well-pitched for their intended undergraduate audience, the author's explanations of many physics topics are unsurpassed. The writing is lucid, well-structured and authoritative, and only let down a little by Feynman's occasional failure to appreciate the difficulty of the concepts he is setting out.

  • Jonnie Enloe
    2018-10-25 09:04

    This has got to be the easiest nobel Laureat to read in history. It is enjoyable from start to finish and once you've completed a particular subject, it is just like he says it will be: you don't understand anymore about physics than you did when you started, except you understand more about what you don't know.

  • Ari
    2018-11-22 05:09

    This was my fallback textbook throughout my physics education at Cornell. They're dense, fascinating, and wonderful. I acquired my copy as a prize for being the nerdiest student in my year at Ithaca High; the thing that makes it especially meaningful is that my copy is inscribed by Hans Bethe.

  • Omkar Shetye
    2018-11-03 10:14

    Five stars are not enough for this genius work. If there were to be an apocalypse and only one book were to survive I would wish it were this book. It is one book that has explained most of this universe and it is not subject to any personal opinion but is perfect down to earth science. This is my bible, the story not of how the universe came to be but of how well we have understood it and use it to our benefit, the reason why we are different from other animals; not because God created us from his image but because we are the ones who understand Him the best, maybe even created Him from our imagination.

  • 5dd
    2018-11-18 09:13

    I didn't learn about this wonderful set of lectures until a year or so after starting my graduate work in engineering. As such, I egotistically assumed that I probably already had a firm grasp on practically everything in the three volume set. After all, it's supposed to be a Freshman-level introduction to Physics, right? No. Wrong. Very, very wrong! Feynman's perspective and his intuitive insight to physics was unlike anything I had ever been exposed to. In fact, it is probably unlike anything that has ever occurred because Feynman was one-of-a-kind. As it turned out, I learned far more about physics from Feynman's "introduction" than I had learned in 4-5 years of course work up until that time.Although the topics discussed in Feynman's "Red Books" are the same as those discussed in the typical three semester series of introductory Physics, each lesson is presented at a much higher conceptual and philosophical level. Remember, this is Feynman we are talking about; one of the greatest physicists of all time. His idea of an introduction to physics presupposes a mastery of at least one year of calculus and a solid semester of differential equations. Thus, any student lacking these prerequisites is encouraged to look elsewhere for an introductory treatment of the subject.On the other hand, students in possession of these prerequisites won't find a better overview of physics anywhere. Feynman's intuitive understanding and insightful perspective of physics is absolutely incredible. In fact, it may be completely unparalleled. In this three volume set on physics, one is frequently rewarded with a glimpse into the mind of a true genius. What could be better than that? I will go so far as to say that a serious student of physics can obtain a complete theoretical education of the subject by studying (and understanding) no more than the following: 1. Feynman's Lectures (a 3 volume set), 2. the Course of Theoretical Physics by Landau and Lifshitz (a 10 volume set), and 3. the numerous mathematical concepts that are referenced by each volume of these two works, which are available from a study of Arfken, or even better, Morse and Feshbach. I am certainly not implying that this is easy, since a true mastery of all of these texts would probably require 5-7 years for a very good student.

  • Ian
    2018-10-23 10:10

    Embarrasses me that undergrads fifty years ago were learning things I still don't know. Haha.

    2018-11-12 05:53

    find answer your questions...math and physic...

  • Rizal Khaefi
    2018-10-23 04:53

    Seandainya saya menjadi salah satu pemangku kepentingan pendidikan, buku ini akan saya rekomendasikan untuk menjadi salah satu referensi materi pelajaran fisika di SMA.Penulis, Richard Feynman, penerima Nobel Fisika tahun 1995 menjelaskan fenomena dan peristiwa di bidang fisika dengan memakai pendekatan penjelasan yang runtut dan logis disertai dengan contoh nyata di kehidupan sehari-hari. Pendekatan penulis menjadikan konsep fisika yang secara umum saya pandang sebagai sesuatu yang memusingkan dan sulit, menjadi mudah difahami dan dicerna oleh nalar. Buku ini dapat diunduh secara gratis di I become one of the stakeholders of education, would I recommend this book to be one of the reference materials physics in high school.The author, Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1995 explains the phenomena and events in the field of physics using a coherent approach and a logical explanation accompanied with real examples in everyday life. The author's approach makes the general concepts of physics that I saw as something that is confusing and difficult, be easily understood.This book can be downloaded for free at

  • Michael
    2018-11-21 03:55

    I think physicists are geeks. Feynman is far too fascinated with obscure physical phenomena for a normal human. But hey, so am I. These lectures have some math in them, but mostly they are just packed with insight. They are a whirlwind tour through some of the most fascinating things about the world.Now, I don't like most physics books written for a popular audience. These weren't. These were written for physicists who want to take a break from the drudgery of their usual work and look at things they are probably already very familiar with in a way that will leave them thinking deeply about the world again.

  • Raunak Ramakrishnan
    2018-11-16 06:02

    No engineer (or science student)can claim to be adept at physics unless he has gone over the evergreen Feynman lectures. Feynman presents Physics in such a way that every common man, without knowledge of even +2 level maths can understand the concepts.Feynman lectures remains one of the best ways of presenting Physics to the masses, making them see practical and simple applications of the concepts and removing the geekiness from Physics.

  • Scott Simon
    2018-10-26 07:07

    Just started, but I've never seen a physics book like this before. The intent is to make things clear and bring across the beauty of science and questioning. I'll follow up when finished, but it's like wine. You might take awhile to finish this one.

  • Prashant Pandey
    2018-11-01 02:23

    this man is born for physics...the language is so clear...he starts by raising our first doubts about every notion of physics then slowly clears them...extremely "feelable"...which is very important as far as understanding is concerned in physics

  • Sam Sanford
    2018-11-08 04:18

    You've got to get the audio of this - his voice is amazing

  • Sebastian Perez Saaibi
    2018-10-29 08:54

    Interested in Physics? Read this. I have never seen a more didactic account of Physics

  • kaśyap
    2018-10-28 09:59

    This book Provides some wonderful and accessible explanations. This is not a good standalone physics textbook but a great accompaniment to one.

  • Alven
    2018-11-21 06:57

    Feynman is a giant underscored by bongo drums and a keen sense of reality.

  • Ivan Ramirez
    2018-11-21 01:59

    Useless for a physics class, tops the list of books to read "just for fun", if you are a dork that is.

  • Rahul Wadhwani
    2018-11-02 02:57

    Man..! I have no word for this great scientist! I recommend it without any doubts who loves Physics. All volumes of Feynman's lecture discuss the fundamental laws of Physics in layman terminology which is easy to understand for readers of non-Physics background. The lectures also discuss the application of these laws of Physics in the world from nano-scale to light year- scale.

  • Richard C
    2018-11-20 06:55

    Probably one of my favorite thinkers, and he has been a favorite topic since he was such a humble, quiet person. Since the first year of the lectures was 1962 I enjoy hearing what the state of science was when I was a year old. Interestingly the lectures remain very relevant today.

  • Ken
    2018-11-02 01:58

    Great book with amazing sets of lectures. I love it because he is able to provide great explanations and examples to some of the basic concepts of physics which I could possibly quote during some of my O Level Physics Tuition classes.

  • Gary
    2018-11-04 08:17

    After a while, I was lost, but I learned some. Keep learning.

  • Ege Özmeral
    2018-10-27 03:22

    1) If the moon pulls the whole earth toward it, why doesn’t the earth fall right “up” to the moon? Because the earth does the same trick as the moon, it goes in a circle around a point which is inside the earth but not at its center. The moon does not just go around the earth, the earth and the moon both go around a central position, each falling toward this common position (1-07)2) This first demonstrated the direct force between two large, fixed balls of lead and two smaller balls of lead on the ends of an arm supported by a very fine fiber, called a torsion fiber. By measuring how much the fiber gets twisted, one can measure the strength of the force, verify that it is inversely proportional to the square of the distance, and determine how strong it is. Thus, one may accurately determine the coefficient GG in the formula (1-07)3) The gravitational attraction relative to the electrical repulsion between two electrons is 11 divided by 4.17×10^42! The question is, where does such a large number come from? It is not accidental, like the ratio of the volume of the earth to the volume of a flea. We have considered two natural aspects of the same thing, an electron. This fantastic number is a natural constant, so it involves something deep in nature. Where could such a tremendous number come from? Some say that we shall one day find the “universal equation,” and in it, one of the roots will be this number. It is very difficult to find an equation for which such a fantastic number is a natural root. Other possibilities have been thought of; one is to relate it to the age of the universe. Clearly, we have to find another large number somewhere. But do we mean the age of the universe in years? No, because years are not “natural”; they were devised by men. As an example of something natural, let us consider the time it takes light to go across a proton, 10^−24 second. If we compare this time with the age of the universe, 2×10^10 years, the answer is 10^−42. It has about the same number of zeros going off it, so it has been proposed that the gravitational constant is related to the age of the universe. If that were the case, the gravitational constant would change with time, because as the universe got older the ratio of the age of the universe to the time which it takes for light to go across a proton would be gradually increasing. Is it possible that the gravitational constant is changing with time? Of course the changes would be so small that it is quite difficult to be sure.