The Feynman Lectures – the most popular collection of physics books ever written are now completely online

December 24, 2016

One of the best known and most renowned scientists in history, Richard Feynman pioneered quantum mechanics. His knack for accessible explanations made him a popularizer of physics of equal distinction to laypeople.

Why you should listen to Mr. Feynman

Richard Feynman began his career at a crossroads in history, assisting the Manhattan Project with the development of the atomic bomb. Soon he was producing breakthrough understandings of particle physics and quantum mechanics, for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1965. His pictorial representations of the actions of subatomic particles are still widely used today (they’re now called Feynman diagrams). Infact when asked about one of his most influential books and the one that he would recommend anyone, Google Co-founder Sergey Brin recommends:

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

In this archival footage from BBC TV, celebrated physicist Richard Feynman explains what fire, magnets, rubber bands (and more) are like at the scale of the jiggling atoms they’re made of. This accessible, enchanting conversation in physics reveals a teeming nano-world that’s just plain fun to imagine.

Richard Feynman was something of a rockstar in the physics world, and his lectures at Caltech in the early 1960s were legendary.

Footage of these lectures exists, but they were most famously preserved in a three-volume collection of books called The Feynman Lectures – which has arguably become the most popular collection of physics books ever written.

Now, anyone with internet access and a web browser can enjoy reading a high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman’s legendary lectures, courtesy of Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website. This HTML version has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation

Volume I

mainly mechanics, radiation, and heat

Volume II

mainly electromagnetism and matter

Volume III

quantum mechanics

If you want to deep delve into the works and life of Mr. Feynman, this is a good place to start with: <>

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