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Feynman lectures on gravitation

Author: Richard P Feynman; Fernando B Morinigo; William G Wagner; Brian Hatfield
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, ©1995.
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"The Feynman Lectures on Gravitation are based on notes prepared during a course on gravitational physics that Richard Feynman taught at Caltech during the 1962-63 academic year. For several years prior to these lectures, Feynman thought long and hard about the fundamental problems in gravitational physics, yet he published very little. These lectures represent a useful record of his viewpoints and some of his  Read more...
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Feynman, Richard Phillips.
Feynman lectures on gravitation.
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, ©1995
(OCoLC)645909514
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard P Feynman; Fernando B Morinigo; William G Wagner; Brian Hatfield
ISBN: 0201627345 9780201627343
OCLC Number: 32509962
Description: xl, 232 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Richard P. Feynman, [based on notes by] Fernando B. Morinigo, William G. Wagner ; edited by Brian Hatfield ; with a foreword by John Preskill and Kip S. Thorne.
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"The Feynman Lectures on Gravitation are based on notes prepared during a course on gravitational physics that Richard Feynman taught at Caltech during the 1962-63 academic year. For several years prior to these lectures, Feynman thought long and hard about the fundamental problems in gravitational physics, yet he published very little. These lectures represent a useful record of his viewpoints and some of his insights into gravity and its application to cosmology, superstars, wormholes, and gravitational waves at that particular time. The lectures also contain a number of fascinating digressions and asides on the foundations of physics and other issues." "Characteristically, Feynman took an untraditional non-geometric approach to gravitation and general relativity based on the underlying quantum aspects of gravity. Hence, these lectures contain a unique pedagogical account of the development of Einstein's general relativity as the inevitable result of the demand for a self-consistent theory of a massless spin-2 field (the graviton) coupled to the energy-momentum tensor of matter. This approach also demonstrates the intimate and fundamental connection between gauge invariance and the Principle of Equivalence."--Jacket.

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