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QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter


QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

ratings:
4.5/5 (33 ratings)
Length:
225 pages
3 hours
Released:
Oct 26, 2014
ISBN:
9781400847464
Format:
Book

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Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. Here Feynman provides a classic and definitive introduction to QED (namely, quantum electrodynamics), that part of quantum field theory describing the interactions of light with charged particles. Using everyday language, spatial concepts, visualizations, and his renowned "Feynman diagrams" instead of advanced mathematics, Feynman clearly and humorously communicates both the substance and spirit of QED to the layperson. A. Zee's introduction places Feynman’s book and his seminal contribution to QED in historical context and further highlights Feynman’s uniquely appealing and illuminating style.

Released:
Oct 26, 2014
ISBN:
9781400847464
Format:
Book

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QED - Richard P. Feynman

QED

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Introduction

Alix Mautner was very curious about physics and often asked me to explain things to her. I would do all right, just as I do with a group of students at Caltech that come to me for an hour on Thursdays, but eventually I’d fail at what is to me the most interesting part: We would always get hung up on the crazy ideas of quantum mechanics. I told her I couldn’t explain these ideas in an hour or an evening—it would take a long time—but I promised her that someday I’d prepare a set of lectures on the

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  • (5/5)
    Needs to be balanced by understanding of Bohmianism...makes it less strange philosophically. Still a great book, and great in its presentation of Copenhagen interpretation, even if that is the wrong one.
  • (5/5)
    This one sat on my shelf for years, (I almost forgot I bought it), but was quite an amazing geek read. I wish it had been twice as long, actually, as he glossed over a few things at the end that I'd like to know more about, but it was quite a good explanation of what (at least in 1988) we knew about QED.
  • (5/5)
    Feynman is the best author in the field of physics. In his easy-going, humorous style, he covers the sticky topic of Quantum ElectroDynamics.
  • (5/5)
    A science classic. Short and sweet exposition of quantum electrodynamics. A must-read for anyone interested in how the world works.
  • (5/5)
    About every two or three years I reread this book and I still enjoy it as much as the first time.
  • (5/5)
    A brilliant book written by a brilliant physicist.I really liked it