I read the book without taking breaks. Yes, I had my meals and slept. It took 21 hours. The first two lectures were easy and entertaining. The third lecture really took off. And very difficult to understand. I did not expect to understand the fourth lecture. Thanks Feynman.
Good book to get a basic overview of Quantum Electrodynamics. Immerse into this and Feynman will effectively guide you through and you'll eventually develop a decent intuition of QED. The added humor at time makes you feel Feynman is actually taking to you. All the best!
I am 7th grade student, who loves modern physics. I knew about Richard P. Feynman but didn't read any of his books. He explained quantum electrodynamics in very pleasant way. He explained so precisely that even I understood this subject very well. Buy it if you are interested in physics. And yeah very interesting subject. He will explain you with everyday examples.
I have read my share of--what Feynman reckons--'popular science' books which were--at best--attempts at sophism by some pretty distinguished folk to make physics inclusive; though they kinda lost the plot along the way. It took me a while to realize that (most) such attempts managed to provide not only an incomplete, but (something much more alarming) a distorted view of the theories they were trying to explain.
A hiatus in form of a college-level physics education was my best bet to gain perspective. Roughly 4 years later, armed with the right tools (read: a first course in QED and a plan to tackle the second) and a B.Sc. degree to boot, I sought to return to literature and re-evaluate my opinions and options.
This book, fortuitously(a word only Kundera can do justice to, I digress though), was <b>THE</b> perfect place to start. I am not sure how I can be more emphatic about this but beyond a point most physics is a mess--probably because humans are a mess themselves--and dabbling in string theory, higgs boson, quantum gravity and their more esoteric cousins won't be fruitful unless you can grasp their raison d'etre!(Hint: Read the book.)
The first 3 chapters (there are 4 in all) are an absolute treat irrespective of your physics prowess.<i>(Warning: Definition doesn't apply to Liberal Arts students.)</i> So, if you are looking for an ab intitio approach to understanding close to 99% of all quotidian macroscopic phenomenon, look no further; grab a copy and endure.
<u>Notes:</u> 1. I nodded off more times than I would like to admit, while reading certain sections. Whether this was due to exasperation from having to deal with Feynman's bloody 'arrows' zooming all over the place--an added abstraction that felt mildly annoying since I knew the physics at hand, analysis of experimental data is awaited. <b>(Internship positions available for physics students with rather conveniently fickle interests!!)</b>
2. Feynman was certainly not happy with the turn that high-energy theory took after QED, and he makes no bones about his discomfort in the final chapter. 'Great inventor' Gell-Mann, lack of Greek in the lexicon being developed for the new particles, the GUT debacle--some of the 'issues' that are treated with Feynman-esque derision.
3. Anthony Zee's foreword to the latest edition: [...]