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Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard P. Feynman- Review

For the general public, the topic of physics usually sends people running in the other direction.  Physics is typically not considered easy reading.  Scholars from all throughout history have spent countless hours studying and grasping the concept of physics and how it applies to our lives.  Scientists, for the most part, have the ability to take their intellectual stance and make things sound unnecessarily complicated.  Take for example your high school physics or biology books; there was a reason people fall asleep in those classes.  It isn’t that the topic is not interesting; I mean what is more exciting than learning about dissecting a fetal pig?  The monotony comes in the way the information is presented in the text and through the lectures.

Enter stage right, Richard P. Feynman.  Richard has done what no one in the history of science has even thought to do or take the time to do. He has created a collaboration of lectures into easy reading pieces on the ever dreaded subject of physics.  Yes, I did just combine the phrase “easy reading” with the word physics.  Mr. Feynman as cracked the code and made the complex ideas of physics into a simple concept that can by intellectually digested by the normal IQ.

Feynman was a celebrated professor at the California Institute of Technology and was a Nobel prize-winner for developing the quantum field theory1.  His work on physics gave him multiple opportunities for lectures and public speaking on the complex subject of physics.  During his time on this earth, he took every opportunity to do just that and is why he is known today as one of the most respected physicist minds.

In the compilation of the “Essentials of Physics Explained by its Most Brilliant Teacher”, easy to read lectures on the topics of atoms, conservation of energy, and quantum behavior just to name a few.  Each item carefully planned with the intention of presentation to the general public.  While the six easy pieces offered in this book are not the full extent of the lectures Professor Feynman made to the California Institute of Technology, it is a superficial overview.  For the sake of the non-scientist reader, this is one scenario where superficial is OK because anything more might render the reader unconscious from physic information overload.

In summary, “Essentials of Physics Explained by its Most Brilliant Teacher” by Richard P. Feynman is an excellent compilation of easy reading lectures made by one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century.  It is broken down into six pieces which cover the general concepts of basic physics and how physics relates to other sciences.  In addition to relevant information, Professor Feynman also discusses the different perspectives found throughout history on the essentials of physics.

If you have ever wondered about physics and wanted to learn more but get easily bored by highly technical text, then  Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher is the book for you.



1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman

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