Synopses & Reviews
Feynmans Tips on Physics is a book in two parts. The first will be a treat for any Feynman fan: it includes a memoir by Matthew Sands about the origins of the Feynman Lectures on Physics, and is dominated by four lectures, delivered with the rest of the FLP but not included in it, that Feynman gave to help his students review for exams. It is here that readers will get the Feynman approach to problem solving, but there is more to it than this, as Feynman reflects on the problems facing students making the transition from high school to college, and then to real life. The discussion, for example, of what happens when the smartest guy in high school turns out to be the dumbest guy at Caltech is not to be missed. There is also an excerpt of a post-lecture discussion of Feynman with his students, giving a clear picture of what made him such a beloved professor, accessible, helpful, but always intellectually demanding. The second part of the book are the exercises, developed by Gottlieb et al., where readers of the FLP, or any other physics student, can apply the advice theyve gotten from Feynman.
Always worthwhile to return to the feet of the master.”
Bill Gates, Wired
Essential advice on problem solving from physics clearest teacher
Feynmans Tips on Physics is a delightful collection of Richard P. Feynmans insights and an essential companion to his legendary Feynman Lectures on Physics
With characteristic flair, insight, and humor, Feynman discusses topics physics students often struggle with and offers valuable tips on addressing them. Included here are three lectures on problem-solving and a lecture on inertial guidance omitted from The Feynman Lectures on Physics. An enlightening memoir by Matthew Sands and oral history interviews with Feynman and his Caltech colleagues provide firsthand accounts of the origins of Feynmans landmark lecture series. Also included are incisive and illuminating exercises originally developed to supplement The Feynman Lectures on Physics, by Robert B. Leighton and Rochus E. Vogt.
Feynmans Tips on Physics was co-authored by Michael A. Gottlieb and Ralph Leighton to provide students, teachers, and enthusiasts alike an opportunity to learn physics from some of its greatest teachers, the creators of The Feynman Lectures on Physics.
About the Author
The late 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.
Michael Gottlieb was a self-employed computer programmer for 26 years, before retiring in 2003 to edit and supplement The Feynman Lectures on Physics. He is currently employed by The California Institute of Technology, where he manages projects related to The Feynman Lectures. He lives in Costa Rica.
Ralph Leighton was a physicist and astronomer, an esteemed teacher and textbook author, and professor at Caltech for many years. He lives in Tiburon, California.