Richard Feynman Messenger Lectures: The Character of Physical Law

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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
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john kallgren wrote 3 years ago.
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