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If you're serious about quantum mechanics then this is the best place to start. These are a sequence of undergraduate lectures given by Professor Richard Feynman in the early sixties whilst he was at Caltech. It is a no-nonsense introduction and deals with the facts and their derivations. I found myself having to concentrate hard to keep up but the 'pleasure of finding things out' makes it worthwhile. At the end I felt as though I had begun to develop a proper appreciation for the subject. The only possible downside is that you miss out on the quantitative derivations he sometimes makes on the board. Volume III of his lectures in print can alleviate this problem.
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I loved the presentation and down to earth style in which the lectures were given. However, without the diagrams which the author can be heard drawing on the blackboard, and which are referred to constantly, a number of the explanations are un-intelligable. A big pity, but I don't regret the purchase in spite of this.
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The only way to follow these lectures is if you have the books
(ISBN 0-201--51003-0, 0-201-51004-9,0-201-501005-7) so you can follow the formulas and the diagrams.
However, the audio are all in just put together without a seeming order and you will have to buy all the audio volumes to follow the lectures in the order given in the books.
Vol 1 (audio) contains the following lectures.
Basic Physics (Vol. 1 Chapter 2 in the book)
Quantum Behavior (Vol. 1 Chapter 37)
The Relation of Wave and Particle Viewpoints (Vol 3 Chapter 2)
Probability Amplitudes (Vol 3 Chapter 3)
Spin One (Vol. 3 Chapter 5)
Spin One-Half (Vol 1 Chapter 6)
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Close your eyes, you're in a CalTech lecture theatre in 1962, sounds of chalk on board, chairs moving, chuckles and coughs from the audience. A distinctive accent narrates, like a tour guide, a path through the core of an apparent maze - quantum physics. He pauses, thinks, re-states an important point, and you can imagine him assessing - can they understand me? You ARE there, and this IS Dick Feynman at a peak, one of many, passing on the baton to the next generation. It is an engaging world view, full of common sense and an acute sense of good approximation. He even tells you what he doesn't know. His analysis of the central mystery of quantum mechanics - lumpy bullets, interfering waves, happening with real photons and electrons, giving counts & distributions which cannot be understood from our macroscopic experience - is a stunning display of not only his intelligence but his riveting personal style. A classic dissertation. I'd bought and read the hardcopy of his edited lectures, all of them, in the late 70's. This audio presentation was much better, like a full color movie compared to a pencil sketch. Wow! Even if he'd never won a Nobel, or touched quantum physics, he would still rate on the short list of all time greats. You can now hear why. This spoken record will stand for centuries, without staleness, a Principia from a modern day Newton.
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