Six Easy Pieces

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Penguin, 1998 - Science - 144 pages
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Richard Feynman's Six Easy Pieces: The Fundamentals of Physics Explained is an essential introduction to the world of physics by one of its greatest teachers and icons. Richard Feynman inspired people around the world with his scientific brilliance, endless curiosity about the world and unorthodox outlook on life. Here he guides the reader through the very basics of physics, including atoms, energy, force, the relation of physics to other sciences, the theory of gravitation and quantum behaviour. Presenting complex ideas in simplified, understandable terms and using illustrations such as shooting bullets, waves on a seashore and even Dennis the Menace's building blocks, Six Easy Pieces gets to the heart of how the world works. 'One of the very best introductions to physics for the uninitiated'
  Independent 'If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be Six Easy Pieces'
  John Gribbin 'With Feynman as a guide, you can't help wondering why everyone is not turning to science'
  Guardian 'The greatest physicist of the twentieth century'
  Sunday Timesre: Richard P. Feynman (1918-88) was one of this century's most brilliant and original thinkers. He taught at Cornell and the California Institute of Technology and received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in quantum electrodynamics. Books by Feynman published by Penguin include QED, and The Character of Physical Law.

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User Review  - kendrabonnett - LibraryThing

Richard Feynman is a charismatic writer who tackles difficult concepts in physics and simplify them for the nonscience reader. It reminds me of a basic physics primer and a great review for science lovers. Read full review

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User Review  - Renzomalo - LibraryThing

Reading “Six Easy Pieces” was like sneaking into professor Feynman’s lectures, listening to the master explain his domain and knowing – this is very important – that you will never be tested on the ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Richard P Feynman was one of this century's most brilliant theo­retical physicists and original thinkers. Born in Far Rockaway, New York, in 1918 he studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a BS in 1939. He went on to Princeton and received his Ph.D. in 1942 During the war years he worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. He became Professor of Theoretical Physics at Cornell University, where he worked with Hans Bethe. He all but rebuilt the theory of quantum electrodynamics and high-energy physics and it was for this work that he shared the Nobel Prize in 1965. Feynman was a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology in 1950, where he later accepted a permanent faculty appointment, and became Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theo­retical Physics in 1959. He had an extraordinary ability to communicate his science to audiences at all levels, and was a well­-known and popular lecturer. Richard Feynman died in 1988 after a long illness. Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, called him `the most original mind of his generation', while in its obiturary The New York Timesdescribed him as `arguably the most brilliant, iconoclastic and influential of the postwar generation of theoretical physicists'.

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