Feynman’s Hughes lecture notes now online

By Amanda Nelson, Associate Archivist

Feynman Hughes Lecture Volume 1John Neer has posted notes of lectures that Richard Feynman presented at the Hughes Aircraft Corp. from 1966 to 1971 on the web at http://www.thehugheslectures.info/.  The notes were taken by Neer and consist of about 400 hours (ca. 1,000 pages) of lectures covering:

  • Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
  • Electrostatics, Electrodynamics, Relativity
  • Quantum Mechanics and QED
  • Microbiology
  • Mathematical methods in Physics and Engineering

The notes have been scanned into PDF format with bookmarks to make the downloading and reading easier. They are available for non-commercial educational use only.

John Neer earned his BS in physics from Ohio State University in 1965 and his MS in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1967. He participated in 5 years of the Feynman lectures at the Hughes Malibu Research Labs augmenting his Masters studies at UCLA. Find out more about him and the collection here.

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