Lancaster, PA:: American Physical Society, 1949.. Sm. 4to. xv, 1,934 pp. [whole volume]. Green library buckram, gilt-stamped spine title. Library bookplate. Very good. FIRST EDITION; THE BEGINNINGS OF QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS FOR WHICH FEYNMAN WON THE NOBEL PRIZE. In 1965 Feynman shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with Tomonaga and Schwinger, Â“For their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles.Â” [Nobel Foundation]. Â“There exists a set of notes, with the title Theory of Positrons and probably written in late 1947, which outlines FeynmanÂ’s formulation of the theory as of that timeÂ… Although the paper was delivered in January 1949, its content reflects FeynmanÂ’s thinking of one year earlier. The manuscript is of great interest because it contains, besides the famous Â‘bombardierÂ’ metaphor of his Theory of Positrons paper, other metaphors (including the one about the letter N) to illustrate his notions of positrons as electrons moving backward in time. It also gives us a glimpse of Feynman in a more philosophical vein.Â” [Schweber]. Both papers discuss the creation of the covariant quantum electrodynamic theory, and present the Feynman method. Â“FeynmanÂ’s paper on The theory of positrons was received by the Physical Review on 8 April 1949. This was the last version of the paper on this topic on which Feynman had worked for several years.Â” [Mehra]. This issue of The Physical Review includes Julian SchwingerÂ’s Â“Quantum electrodynamics. III. The electromagnetic properties of the electron â€“ radiative corrections to scattering.Â” Â¶ Ezhela, et al, Particle Physics One Hundred Years of Discoveries, pp. 107-8; Mehra, Beat of a Different Drum, pp. 272, 78; Schweber, QED and the Men Who Made It, pp. 428-31. (Inventory #: S13093)
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