The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Commemorative Issue, Volume 2: Mainly Electomagnetism and Matter (Anglais) Relié – 1 janvier 1989
Descriptions du produit
Aucun appareil Kindle n'est requis. Téléchargez l'une des applis Kindle gratuites et commencez à lire les livres Kindle sur votre smartphone, tablette ou ordinateur.
Pour obtenir l'appli gratuite, saisissez votre adresse e-mail ou numéro de téléphone mobile.
Détails sur le produit
Commentaires en ligne
Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com (beta)
Having said this, this is NOT a book for the layman. It appears simple: heavily conceptual, few equations, no homework problems at the end of each chapter. But this is deceiving. As an undergraduate physics student, I was completely lost. It was only as a graduate student in physics that I came to not only appreciate them, but love them. It turned out to not be just me: I later read that his undergraduate students at Cal Tech dropped the course in droves when he taught it; it was the graduate students and fellow physics faculty members that filled most of the seats in the lecture hall by the end of the course.
Those of you with a physics background that have never read Feynman should definitely consider it. Those of you who majored in History, Law, or even Biology and want to gain some insight into all this physics stuff you have always heard about should probably look elsewhere. This is heavy stuff.
Feynman's approach to the subject is unusual, both in the ordering and choice of topics. In the first chapter he fashions an intuitive statement of Maxwell's equations together with the observation that "the most significant event event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell's discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with the most important scientific event of the same decade." Chapter 2 is dedicated to a review of vector calculus. From there the book goes on to electrostatics and follows a path similar to other E&M books in making its way to developing Maxwell's equations.
Feynman must have figured that as long as his students were thinking about E&M, other topics that dealt with fields should be addressed, including elasticity theory and fluid flow, which are among the final topics discussed in this volume. I recently made use of his excellent treatment of the torsion of a cylinder in my own materials research effort. Other special topics that you would never expect to find in an E&M book include the least action principle, the vector potential and quantum mechanics (the Bohm Aharonov effect that is usually left to books on quantum field theory), and limits of spacial resolution for magnetic lenses in electron microscopes--with Feynman making the prescient observation that such lenses would need to depart from radial symmetry in order to eliminate the limitations of spherical aberration.
In short, this book has something for the truly hungry undergrad as well as the professional researcher or academic with decades of experience.