Yay, I’ve read my second Feynman book! And I have to thank Ellie at Musings of a Bookshop Girl because she sent this to me when I won a challenge at her blog, and I’m super excited that I finally got to read it!
I have been wanting to read Six Easy Pieces for a LONG time. Basically, this is a collection of six excerpts from The Feynman Lectures on Physics (of which there are three massive volumes, and which I totally intend to get and slowly read, someday). These are deemed the “easier” bits, the intro-to-physics basics that aren’t deemed too technical for a general audience.
The first three chapters are pretty basic – Atoms in Motion, Basic Physics, and The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences. I found that third chapter particularly entertaining, even though it’s not a chapter you would learn a lot from. It was more of a “this is why physics is the most important and everything is connected” kind of thing. The fourth chapter, Conservation of Energy, was interesting but harder to understand, I think. I imagine that listening to Feynman explain these things out loud in a classroom setting while he’s working on a chalkboard or something helped a lot. The fifth and sixth chapters, The Theory of Gravitation and Quantum Behavior, were really enjoyable and enlightening, although there were more equations than I’m comfortable with in that last chapter. That has more to do with my horrendous math skills than with the book though – I’m sure that if you’re comfortable with that kind of math, it was probably a breeze.
If you’re not interested at all in science or physics, this is probably not the book for you. But I will say that if you’re even the tiniest bit curious, read Feynman. Most of the chapters in this book are informative, easy to understand, and filled with a sense of Feynman’s passion and wonder at the universe. I just really like the way that he looked at the world, and I can’t wait to read more books by him.
Sarah Says: 3.5 stars