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In this warm, insightful portrait of the Winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, we see the wisdom, humour and curiosity of Richard Feynman through a series of conversations with his friend Ralph Leighton.
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, Richard Feynman was one of the world's greatest theoretical physicists, but he was also a man who fell, often jumped, into adventure. An artist, safecracker, practical joker and storyteller, Feynman's life was a series of combustible combinations made possible by his unique mixture of high intelligence, unquenchable curiosity and eternal scepticism.
Over a period of years, Feynman's conversations with his friend Ralph Leighton were first taped and then set down as they appear here, little changed from their spoken form, giving a wise, funny, passionate and totally honest self-portrait of one of the greatest men of our age.
Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. Here Feynman provides a classic and definitive introduction to QED (namely, quantum electrodynamics), that part of quantum field theory describing the interactions of light with charged particles. Using everyday language, spatial concepts, visualizations, and his renowned "Feynman diagrams" instead of advanced mathematics, Feynman clearly and humorously communicates both the substance and spirit of QED to the layperson. A. Zee's introduction places Feynman’s book and his seminal contribution to QED in historical context and further highlights Feynman’s uniquely appealing and illuminating style.
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 Feynman's 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.
Feynman's 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.
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Livro de memórias curiosas e fascinantes de físico ganhador do prêmio Nobel
Richard Feynman foi um gênio incomum. Espirituoso, ele conta os casos mais engraçados e excêntricos desde a infância, quando já se mostrava um menino engenhoso e brincalhão, até o momento em que recebeu o prêmio Nobel, com a personalidade desafiadora e fora dos padrões que o tornou extremamente popular dentro e fora da área acadêmica. Suas palestras sobre física, um marco na vida de outras personalidades extraordinárias, como Bill Gates — que assina uma breve introdução neste livro —, encantaram gerações de estudantes e outros interessados em conhecimento científico de uma maneira geral.
A notável capacidade intelectual de Feynman se iguala ao seu impulso por aprender: instrumentos musicais, pintura, línguas, comportamento humano, biologia... o físico parece uma máquina de absorção de conhecimento, capaz de entender e explicar o mundo de forma inusitada aos seus leitores.
Entre as muitas histórias curiosas reunidas nesta edição, destacam-se os episódios em que ele trocou ideias sobre física atômica com Einstein, quebrou o segredo de cofres que continham informações sobre o programa nuclear, deu aulas e desfrutou do Carnaval no Brasil. Narrador inteligente e bem-humorado, Feynman mostra por que é um dos intelectuais mais adorados de sua geração e até hoje fascina todos aqueles apaixonados por ciências.
This classic graduate lecture note volume on statistical mechanics focuses on Physics, rather than mathematics. It provides a concise introduction to basic concepts and a clear presentation of difficult topics, while challenging the student to reflect upon as yet unanswered questions.