600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic


Apologies if you noticed my absence over the past few days.  I've been unwell (nothing serious), but am now pretty much recovered and ready to resume posting some new hot finds.  Today, I have some great free ebook resources to share with you, courtesy of subscriber Anna Merikin.

In 1964, Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven hour-long lectures at Cornell University.  They were recorded by the BBC and in 2009 (with a little help from Bill Gates) were  released to the public. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now the complete online edition has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech (where Feyman first delivered these talks, in the early 1960s) and The Feynman Lectures Website.

The online edition has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation. Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics.

You'll find the lectures, ready to search and read, at http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/

The lectures are part of a larger library of more than 600 free ebooks which you'll find at http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks





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For many, the Feynman, Leighton and Sands set (with their bright red covers) is a treasured part of their library.

Some may recall a saying from the 1960s (the halcyon days of science education in the U.S.), "At Caltech, we treat our undergraduates as graduate students, and our graduate students as faculty." One brief shining moment...

The newly released material are not the seven Cornell lectures of 1964, but a two-year series that Feynman delivered over (about) 1963 through 1965 to freshmen and sophomores at CalTech. (For the final year, I was a teaching assistant for the course. We graduate students learned much more than the undergraduates.)

Nice to know you are feeling much better and, to proof it, you are back to work!

Many thanks for the excellent two links you shared today.