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Selected Papers on Quantum Electrodynamics (Dover Books on Physics) [Paperback]

Julian Schwinger

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1 July 2012 Dover Books on Physics
This monumental collection of 34 historical papers on quantum electrodynamics features contributions by the 20th century's leading physicists: Dyson, Fermi, Feynman, Foley, Oppenheimer, Pauli, Weisskopf, and others. Twenty-nine are in English, three in German, and one each in French and Italian. Editor Julian Schwinger won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in quantum electrodynamics.

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One of the great 20th-century physicists, Julian Schwinger (1918–94) is best remembered for his work on the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the very topic of this text. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, along with Richard Feynman and Shinichiro Tomonaga, for their work on quantum electrodynamics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quantum electrodynamics:meet the heroes! 24 July 1998
By henrique fleming - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection of fundamental papers on quantum electrodynamics, starting from the very first, by Dirac, and going to the paper by G. Kallen showing that at least one of the renormalization constants is infinite (this paper has been called "poetry in quantum field theory"). This is invaluable for the historian, but much more, I think, for the student and, yet more, for the researcher. These days the students learn these things in classroom. This is all right, but it is only in the good pioneering papers that you find the reasons for the choices made, motivations for treating the problem and a full explanation of what is being done and why it would be wrong to follow that other, seemingly much more natural, way. As examples, you'll find here four of the greatest papers by Feynman. If you think Feynman wrote well because you read his popular books, wait till you read his scientific works! There is also the monumental paper by Dyson, where the founding pape! rs of Tomonaga, Schwinger and Feynman are made to coalesce into the beautiful formulation that, afterwards, was repeated in all textbooks. My favorite paper is the great "On gauge invariance and vacuum polarization", by Julian Schwinger, a masterpiece of insight, style, and incredible virtuosity, a paper that still gives rise to original research. The preface by Schwinger is a must for understanding the origin and early development of our main tool in theoretical physics: quantum field theory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars original papers - what more can you ask for? 11 Feb 2007
By M. Rumore - Published on Amazon.com
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The book contains the original papers on quantum electrodynamics. It is is fascinating to see how the minds of these physicists work, in particular, since the authors include several Nobel Price winners. The difference between Schwinger and Feynmann is the very interesting, one is mathematical and the other is intuitive, but both were completely correct! Dyson's paper where he shows that both theories are the same is a classic. An excellent reference for learning QED and for the history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful collection of great historic works 25 Nov 2012
By ChonFai Kam - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a graduate school student major in physics. Most of the major progress before 60's are covered. It would be better if there is an overview or an introduction in the beginning of the book. Nevertheless, it's still a good reference for a graduate student.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this is a cosmic peep hole stick up 29 Nov 2013
By Bruce P. Barten - Published on Amazon.com
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There are mathematical path integrals most people don't understand. Reporters ask three people why they won a Nobel Prize for the discovery of quantum electrodynamics and the people who wrote the papers in this book already knew this was worth high regard for thinkers who base visual memory on how we see things.
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