Looking back…

Well… I think this is it, folks ! With my last posts on superconductivity, I think I am done. I’ve gone through all of the Lectures and it’s been a amazing adventure.

Looking back at it, I’d say: there is really no substitute for buying these Lectures yourself, and just grind through it. The only thing this blog really does is, perhaps, raise a question here and there – or help with figuring something out. But then… Well… If I can do it, you can do it. Don’t go for other sources if you can go for the original writings ! Read a classic rather than yet another second-hand or half-cooked thing !

I should also note that I started off using the print copy of Feynman’s Lectures but, at this point, I realize I should really acknowledge the incredible effort of two extraordinary people: Michael Gottlieb and Rudolf Pfeiffer, who have worked for decades to get those Lectures online. I borrowed a lot of stuff from it. In fact, in the coming weeks and months, I want to make sure I duly acknowledge that for all of the illustrations and quotes I’ve used, and if I haven’t been paraphrasing a bit too much, but… Well… That will be quite an effort. These two extraordinary guys also created a website for these Lectures which offers many more resources. That makes it accessible to all and everyone.

However, let me repeat: there is no substitute for buying the Lectures yourself, and grinding through it yourself. I wish you all the best on this journey. It’s been a nice journey for me, and I am therefore pretty sure you’ll enjoy it at least as much as I did.

Jean Louis Van Belle, 26 February 2018

Post scriptum: The material I have copied and republished from this wonderful online edition of Gottlieb and Pfeiffer is under copyright. The site mentions that, without explicit permission, only some limited copying is permitted under Fair Use laws, for non-commercial publications (which this blog surely is), and with proper attribution. I realize that, despite my best efforts to provide hyperlinks to the Lectures themselves whenever I’d borrow from them, I should probably go through it all to make sure that’s effectively the case. If I have been lacking in this regard, it was surely not intentional.

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