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Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

David Kaiser

Abstract

Feynman diagrams have revolutionized nearly every aspect of theoretical physics since the middle of the twentieth century. Introduced by the American physicist Richard Feynman (1918–88) soon after World War II as a means of simplifying lengthy calculations in quantum electrodynamics, they soon gained adherents in many branches of the discipline. Yet as new physicists adopted the tiny line drawings, they also adapted the diagrams and introduced their own interpretations. This book traces how generations of young theorists learned to frame their research in terms of the diagrams—and how both the ... More

Keywords: Feynman diagrams, theoretical physics, Richard Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, calculational skills, line drawings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226422664
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.001.0001

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David Kaiser, author

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