The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volume 2, Advanced Quantum Mechanics

  • by Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by Richard P. Feynman
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

For more than 30 years, Richard P. Feynman's three-volume Lectures on Physics has been known worldwide as the classic resource for students and professionals alike. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as Einstein's general relativity, superconductivity, and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. This timeless audio serves as a comprehensive library of essential physics by a legend in science.
Volume 2 makes up a course in Advanced Quantum Mechanics and includes chapters on symmetry in physical laws, identical particles, symmetry and conservation laws, the hydrogen atom and the periodic table, and the Schrödinger equation in a classical context (this chapter also includes a seminar on superconductivity).


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You need the book to follow these lectures

The only way to follow these lectures is if you have the books
(ISBN 0-201--51003-0, 0-201-51004-9,0-201-501005-7) so you can follow the formulas and the diagrams.
However, the audio are all in just put together without a seeming order and you will have to buy all the audio volumes to follow the lectures in the order given in the books.
Vol 2 (audio) contains the following lectures.
Symmetry in Physical Laws (Vol. 1 Chapter 52 in the book)
Identical Particles (Vol 3 Chapter 4)
The Hyperfine Splitting in Hydrogen (Vol 3 Chapter 12)
Symmetry and Conservation Laws (Vol 3 Chapter 17)
The Hydrogen Atom and the Periodic Table (Vol. 3 Chapter 19)
The Schroedinger Equation in a Classical Context: A Seminar in Superconductivity (Vol 3 Chapter 21)
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- Salvador

Beware left handed aliens!

More delightful explanations of the weirdo quantum stuff from the master! If you haven't the hardcopy of the relevant lectures, or prior exposure to the math, then some of the board scribbling will sound rather foggy. If so, don't despair, close attention will still repay. Indistinguishable alternatives combine amplitudes. If Bose particles they add. If Fermi particles they subtract. So photons tend to aggregate - hence say, induced emission and lasers. Electrons tend to exclude - hence say, stability and chemical properties of matter. Remember that the wave/particle models are only useful guides to behaviour, depending on circumstance. The accuracy of quantum mechanics ( with respect to prediction of experiment ) comes using the math machinery as defined, and there's the rub. It's hard because it's not ( macroscopically/everyday ) intuitive, and at the end of the calculations one then has to obtain a physical interpretation. However Mr Feynman is a very helpful guide... and recall he said that nobody understands quantum mechanics!
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- Mr. Michael A. Hewson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2005
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group