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Here you'll find the book reviews written by the students on the A-Level
Six Easy Pieces, by R.P. Feynman
I chose to read this book because the reviews
quoted on the front and back covers suggested it was something of
an idiots guide to physics. However, if this is the book's purpose
I think Mr Feynman's idea of an idiot is slightly more advanced than
The book was very well written and tried hard
to explain complex theories. In fact, in several places the author
seemed to be trying too hard to explain some fairly simple points
which served only to make them more complicated than they really are.
For example I felt Feynman's explanations of evaporation and dissolving
in chapter one were a little too wordy and the vocabulary not always
suitable in a book which aimed to "introduce the essentials of physics
to the general reader".
However, as someone studying physics, I did find
several of Feynman's explanations helpful and the book was informative.
For example the fourth chapter, about the conservation of energy,
and the fifth about quantum behaviour both helped clarify a few points
in my mind. I therefore did not feel I was completely banging my head
against a brick wall every time I turned the page.
Mr Feynman was obviously very enthusiastic about
his subject which, along with the length of the book, make it a beneficial
read for any physics student. I would therefore recommend it to people
studying physics who need a few of the basic theories explained to
them at length, however I would not recommend it to a member of the
general public with only a sideline interest in the subject as the
author does have a tendency to go over the top.
Reviewed by Katriona Jones - 1998
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