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Из воспоминаний проф. Сэндса о том как создавались Фейнмановские лекции (опубликовано в Feynman's Tips on Physics, 2006):

“He was not immediately enthusiastic, but we continued over the next few weeks to discuss the idea [of giving the lectures], and he was soon caught up in the notion. He would say maybe we could do this or that. Or this would fit in here, and so on. After a few weeks of such discussions, he asked me: “Has there ever been a great physicist who has presented a course to freshmen?” I told him that I didn’t think that there ever had been. His response: “I’ll do it.”

“I recall visiting Feynman in his office one day to discuss the subject [of choosing a name for the book]. I proposed that we adopt a simple name like “Physics” or “Physics One” and that the authors should be Feynman, Leighton, and Sands. He didn’t particularly like the suggested title, and had a rather violent reaction to the proposed authors: “Why should your names be there—you were only doing the work of a stenographer!” I disagreed, pointing out that without the efforts of Leighton and me, the lectures would never have come to be a book. The disagreement was not immediately resolved. I returned to the discussion some days later, and together we came up with a compromise: “The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Feynman, Leighton, and Sands.”

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