Richard Feynman Messenger Lectures: The Character of Physical Law

Course Description

The Messenger Lectures were given at Cornell in 1964, in which he explains basic topics in physics. Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently bought the rights to videos of seven lectures that famed physicist (and bongo drummer) Richard Feynman gave when he was teaching at Cornell in the 1960s. The s... (read more)

Richard Feynman Messenger Lectures: The Character of Physical Law
In these Messenger Lectures, originally delivered at Cornell University and recorded for television by the BBC, Richard Feynman offers an overview of selected physical laws and gathers their common features into one broad principle of invariance. He maintains at the outset that the importance of a physical law is not "how clever we are to have found it out, but . . . how clever nature is to pay attention to it," and tends his discussions toward a final exposition of the elegance and simplicity of all scientific laws. Rather than an essay on the most significant achievements in modern science, The Character of Physical Law is a statement of what is most remarkable in nature. Feynman's enlightened approach, his wit, and his enthusiasm make this a memorable exposition of the scientist's craft.

The Law of Gravitation is the author's principal example. Relating the details of its discovery and stressing its mathematical character, he uses it to demon
9 ratings

Related Courses

People who watch this course also look for:

Comments

Displaying 1 comment:

john kallgren wrote 3 years ago.
God bless; A chance to learn.

  Post comment as a guest user.
Click to login or register:
Your name:
Your email:
(will not appear)
Your comment:
(max. 1000 characters)
Are you human? (Sorry)
 
Disclaimer:
CosmoLearning is promoting these educational resources as a courtesy of Cornell University (Cornell). We make no representations regarding the courses and videos of this content provider or any information related to them. CosmoLearning is not endorsed by Cornell and we are not affiliated with them, unless otherwise specified. Any questions, claims or complaints regarding this content should be directed to the original creator.