The Character of Physical Law

The Character of Physical Law

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By (author) Richard P. Feynman, Introduction by Paul Davies

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 14mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140175059
  • ISBN 13: 9780140175059
  • Illustrations note: figures
  • Sales rank: 66,824

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Collecting legendary lectures from freewheeling scientific genius Richard P. Feynman, "The Character of Physical Law" is the perfect example of Feynman's gift for making complex subjects accessible and entertaining. Here Richard Feynman gives his own unique take on the puzzles and problems that lie at the heart of physics, from Newton's Law of Gravitation to mathematics as the supreme language of nature, from the mind-boggling question of whether time can go backwards to the exciting search for new scientific laws. Using simple everyday illustrations to bring out the essence of a complicated principle - for example the surprising parallels between the law of conservation of energy and drying yourself with wet towels - these lectures are a brilliant example of Feynman's mind in action. "The greatest physicist of the twentieth century". ("Sunday Times"). "It is unlikely that the world will see another Richard Feynman ...his style inspired a generation of scientists. This volume remains the best record I know of his exhilarating vision". (Paul Davies). "Fascinating ...an insight into the thought processes of a great physicist ...the acknowledged master of clear explanation". ("The Times Literary Supplement"). "One of the most enjoyable books written by a major scientist". ("Observer"). Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was one of this century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers. Feynman's other books, also available in Penguin, include "QED", "Six Easy Pieces", "Six Not-so-Easy Pieces", "Don't You Have Time to Think", "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out", "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" and "The Meaning of it All".

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Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was one of this century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers. Books by Feynman in Penguin include QED (1990 - 58,000 copies), Six Easy Pieces (1998 - 27,000 copies), and Six Not-so-Easy Pieces (1999 - 10,000 copies).

Editorial reviews

A physicist who also wrote a brilliantly readable book on quantum electrodynamics called QED. This is a sensational account of the fundamental laws of the universe (i.e. the ones humans didn't make), written for delivery as public lectures at Cornell University. Don't be put off if, like me, you found school physics both dull and confusing. This is a great read. Review by Nigel Williams, whose books include 'Fortysomething' (Kirkus UK)

Table of contents

The law of gravitation, an example of physical law; the relation of mathematics to physics; the great conservation principles; symmetry in physical law; the distinction of past and future; probability and uncertainty - the quantum mechanical view of nature; seeking new laws.