Feynman's Tips on Physics: A Problem-solving supplement to the Feynman lectures on physics

Author(s): Richard P. Feynman


This title provides essential advice on problem solving from physics' clearest teacher. "Feynman's 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 they've gotten from Feynman.


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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.

General Fields

  • : 9780465027972
  • : The Perseus Books Group
  • : Basic Books
  • : 0.204
  • : January 2012
  • : March 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard P. Feynman
  • : Paperback
  • : Revised edition
  • : 176
  • : 100 b/w illustrations