Book Review #61: Six Easy Pieces



Publisher: BASIC BOOKS

Pages: 138

One word review: Enlightening!

Goodreads: 4.21 [Subjected to change]

Did you know?

Richard P. Feynman won a Novel Prize for his work on the development of quantum field theory.

Six Easy Pieces is basically a Physics book for adults. Renowned scientist and Theoretical Physicist Richard P. Feynman's eccentric lectures are incredibly and cohesively compiled in this book. It contains only six chapters but they explicate the most fundamental aspects of the Physics science. And yes, I get your question. Why do you have purchase and read a physics book when you're in the mid thirties or beyond? The answer is simply provided by the book itself.

Favorite Lines From Book

If we blow on the water so as to maintain a continuous preponderance in the number evaporating, then the water is cooled. Hence, blow on soup to cool it.

The book is essentially a transcription of the lectures given by the author at the California Institute of Technology. The six chapters in the book deals with the basic concepts in physics and one chapter is entirely dedicated to understand the relation of physics to other sciences which was absolutely fascinating to read. Other concepts delineated are : Atomic motion, law of conservation of energy, theory of gravitation and quantum behaviour. It was quite refreshing to learn the primitive concepts again, with a peace of mind in not having to attend an exam over it.

Observation, reason and experiment make up what we call the scientific method.

Furthermore, the single most significant pinnacle of this book is the outstanding manner in which the lectures of the author had been delivered and in astonishingly retaining the lectures in written form as it were originally. Every time you read a line, you tend to imagine how it would have been delivered in person by the lecturer and this only enhances your imagination in trying to imbibe the topic thoroughly. Moreover, another eminent feature of this lecture reading is the analogies that the author makes in relating an intricate topics to mundane life activities. As a reader, we tend to get connected to the concept and comprehend the material much better.

A poet once said, "The whole universe is in a glass of wine." Let it give us one more final pleasure: drink it and forget it all!

After graduating from college or high school, if you're still an admirer of the subject Physics, then this book is all what you need to start with. With foundational concepts explained in the most lucid fashion, Six Easy Pieces is something you should grab onto as soon as you could.

The Principe of science, the definition, almost, is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific "truth".

Verdict: Back To School, But Without Exams !

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