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No twentieth-century American scientist is better known to a wider spectrum of people than Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988)—physicist, teacher, author, and cultural icon. His autobiographies and biographies have been read and enjoyed by millions of readers around the world, while his wit and eccentricities have made him the subject of TV specials and even a theatrical film. The spectacular reception of the book and audio versions of Feynmans Six Easy Pieces (published in 1995) resulted in a worldwide clamor for “More Feynman! More Feynman!” The outcome is these six additional lectures, drawn from the celebrated three-volume Lectures on Physics. Though slightly more challenging than the first six, these lectures are more focused, delving into the most revolutionary discovery in twentieth-century physics: Einsteins Theory of Relativity. No single breakthrough in twentieth-century physics (with the possible exception of quantum mechanics) changed our view of the world more than that of Einsteins discovery of relativity. The notions that the flow of time is not a constant, that the mass of an object depends on its velocity, and that the speed of light is a constant no matter what the motion of the observer, at first seemed shocking to scientists and laymen alike. But, as Feynman shows so clearly and so entertainingly in the lectures chosen for this volume, these crazy notions are no mere dry principles of physics, but are things of beauty and elegance. No one—not even Einstein himself—explained these difficult, anti-intuitive concepts more clearly, or with more verve and gusto, than Richard Feynman.

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Richard P. Feynman shows so clearly and entertainingly in the lectures chosen for this volume, that the principles of physics are things of beauty and elegance.

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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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ISBN:
9780465023936
Introduction:
Penrose, Roger
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Introduction by:
Penrose, Roger
Introduction:
Penrose, Roger
Author:
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Author:
Feynman, Richard P.
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Symmetry (Physics)
Subject:
Physics-Relativity Theory
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.38 in 7.5 oz

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