These seven lectures demonstrate once again the teaching brilliance of Feynman. He starts off with a lecture in gravity, which is not a particularly sexy topic. But his delivery makes all the differences. He's clearly more interested in the process of the discovery than the theory itself. It read like a story, and by the end I realized I've (a) understood the theory much more thoroughly, (b) built an appreciation for the significance of it and Newton's brilliance, and (c) got a taste of what physics was really about.
And that's just the first lecture.
He goes on to talk about conservation of energy, symmetry in physics, quantum mechanics, etc. Some ideas are more challenging than others, but it never gets too bad as the lectures are meant as an introduction for College students of all majors.
The final lecture "Seeking New Law" is my favorite, as he steps back from the theories to discuss the previous trends in their discoveries ("Guessing a law is an art"), what lies ahead, and how our quest for new laws would likely end.
You'll probably forget many of the details of his teachings, but his distinct style of approaching physics - and knowledge in general - will likely stick in your head for years to come....Continua