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No 20th-century American scientist is better known to a wider spectrum of people than Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988), physicist, teacher, author, and cultural icon. His autobiographies and biographies have been read and enjoyed by millions of readers around the world, while his wit and eccentricities have made him the subject of TV specials and even a theatrical film. The spectacular reception of the book and audio versions of Feynman's Six Easy Pieces resulted in a worldwide clamor for More Feynman! More Feynman!

The outcome is these six additional lectures, drawn from the celebrated three-volume Lectures on Physics. Though slightly more challenging than the first six, these lectures are more focused, delving into the most revolutionary discovery in 20-century physics: Einstein's Theory of Relativity. No single breakthrough in 20-century physics (with the possible exception of quantum mechanics) changed our view of the world more than that of Einstein's discovery of relativity. The notions that the flow of time is not a constant, that the mass of an object depends on its velocity, and that the speed of light is a constant no matter what the motion of the observer, at first seemed shocking to scientists and laymen alike.

But, as Feynman shows so clearly and so entertainingly in the lectures chosen for this volume, these crazy notions are no mere dry principles of physics, but are things of beauty and elegance. No one, not even Einstein himself, explained these difficult, anti-intuitive concepts more clearly, or with more verve and gusto, than Richard Feynman. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Wragg | 2/19/2014

    " Feynman diagrams prompted me to explore Feynman more widely when I was studying for my A-Levels... These were definitely too hard for me, but brought some great concepts forward. Subsequently, due to his style of writing, I read "What Do You Care What Other People Think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character" which was fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rajendra Dave | 2/13/2014

    " Very appropriate title, especially if one has not read complete lecture series. One more book that needs to re-read.Classic Feynman otherwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kushal Srivastava | 2/11/2014

    " Super smart Feynman once again presents facts that you already know under a totally new light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tomherndon | 2/9/2014

    " Like many others, I read it. I retained little. It was over my head, but if I get a few more glances at it. I'm sure something will make sense. Or I'll at least convince myself I got something. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukasz Glinka | 2/6/2014

    " Nice introduction to basic concepts of physics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/5/2014

    " Not a bad read. It is a collection of excerpts from the famous Feynman Lectures. It is somewhere between textbook and book. Some of it contains an interesting take on physics material, which I enjoyed. Some of it seems very like a very contrived attempt at marketing Feynman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michiel | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent little book that explains the gist of relativity. Concepts are explained using math a smart high schooler should be able to follow. Lot's better than the one-chapters introductions of relativity you find in Hawkins or Greene "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/14/2014

    " not so easy is right! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John P | 1/11/2014

    " I like to think about the sort of ideas discussed in this book and the related "Six Easy Pieces" book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 1/5/2014

    " Richard, I've known you only for a little while, but in that time, you have inspired me and brought limitless joy to my life. I love you, Richard Feynman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/4/2014

    " Good overview of more difficult ideas in physics like relativity, but I must admit I got lazy and started to glaze over the math and equations in this book. It's hard to discipline oneself when trying to self teach physics at this level. I need something with a workbook and exercises... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/1/2014

    " Fun and accessible overview of these rich topics. New ideas I gleaned where the curious implications of life's basis in left-handed moecules and a better understanding of "symmetry" as a general, abstract idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wetdryvac | 12/26/2013

    " Dear sweet cats, this thing kicked my ass in the best possible way. What a blast! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 12/6/2013

    " Some of these really are not easy :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/29/2013

    " I listen to this on my iPod. It would have been great to been in one of his classes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huyen | 7/25/2013

    " relatively special but not generally special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian | 6/18/2013

    " I admit that I never read the entire thing. However, this book has totally saved my life twice now. It's a fascinating and relatively easy-to-understand explanation of relativity, perfect for math projects. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alijandra Mogilner | 5/5/2013

    " OK so you need to know math to get a lot of this one, but if you are a fan of physics this is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 3/11/2013

    " You have to be a mathematics type to even care about what's in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark Lyons | 5/9/2012

    " This is by far the best written physics book that I have read. The math was a little advanced, but the diagrams really helped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Tenaglier | 11/19/2011

    " I like what Michio Kaku said about the book, "Reading this book is like peering over Newton's or Einstein's shoulder." It has been awhile since I took this type of physics course in school and I liked the book better than the actual course! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Lorenzetti | 10/3/2011

    " Good review of college physics from the master instructor on the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erickson | 7/29/2011

    " Another clear book by Feynman. The so-called not-so-easy pieces are made easy through his explications, and some solutions to problems mentioned are innovative. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 7/16/2011

    " I decided to get the audiobook of this rather than read it because the enthusiasm and timing of the lines is better from the man himself and it's true. There were a few stretches when I would have preferred to have the equations in front of me rather than listening to him describe them all though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/19/2011

    " Again another brilliant book by Feynman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukasz | 3/27/2011

    " Nice introduction to basic concepts of physics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/7/2011

    " Some of these really are not easy :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 11/21/2010

    " This is by far the best written physics book that I have read. The math was a little advanced, but the diagrams really helped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kushal | 1/2/2010

    " Super smart Feynman once again presents facts that you already know under a totally new light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/5/2009

    " I like to think about the sort of ideas discussed in this book and the related "Six Easy Pieces" book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 7/8/2009

    " I listen to this on my iPod. It would have been great to been in one of his classes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huyen | 3/6/2009

    " relatively special but not generally special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tomherndon | 4/6/2008

    " Like many others, I read it. I retained little. It was over my head, but if I get a few more glances at it. I'm sure something will make sense. Or I'll at least convince myself I got something. :-)

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About the Author
Author Richard P. Feynman

Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988) earned a BS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton. From 1942 to 1945, he assisted with the development of the atomic bomb. He then taught at Cornell and Caltech, where he contributed to the theories of superfluidity and quarks. He shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on the theory of quantum electrodynamics.