Richard Feynman and Quantum Electrodynamics



As one observer described a movie showing Feynman at work, “. . . the guy doing the talking seemed peculiar—not an oracle but a shvitzer, with a voice and manner disconcertingly like Art Carney’s. The movies had titles like The Law of Gravitation’ and The Relation of Mathematics to Physics,’ and the shvitzer with the chalk was the American physicist Richard Feynman. ...”


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    Richard Feynman, “The Relation of Science and Religion,” Engineering and Science, June 1956.Google Scholar
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    See Martin J. Klein, “Thermodynamics and Quanta in Planck’s Work,” Physics Today, November 1966.Google Scholar
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    Feynman discusses the relation of his work to Sch winger’s, for example, in his article “Space-Time Approach to Quantum Electrodynamics,” The Physical Review, 1949, 76:769–774.Google Scholar
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    H. A. Kramers, Collected Scientific Papers (Amsterdam, 1956).Google Scholar
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    Though Schwinger offers a relatively technical, although non-mathematical discussion of quantum electrodynamics in his article “Quantum Electrodynamics,” from Selected Papers in Quantum Electrodynamics (Dover, New York, 1958).Google Scholar
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