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Description - QED and the Men Who Made It by Silvan S. Schweber

In the 1930s, physics was in crisis. There appeared to be no way to reconcile the new theory of quantum mechanics with Einstein's theory of relativity. Several approaches had been tried and had failed. In the post-World War II period, four eminent physicists rose to the challenge and developed a calculable version of quantum electrodynamics (QED), probably the most successful theory in physics. This formulation of QED was pioneered by Freeman Dyson, Richard Feynman, Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, three of whom won the Nobel Prize for their work. In this book, physicist and historian Silvan Schweber tells their story, blending discussions of scientific work with biographical sketches. Setting the achievements of these four men in context, Schweber begins with an account of the early work done by physicists such as Dirac and Jordan, and describes the gathering of eminent theorists at Shelter Island in 1947, the meeting that heralded the new era of QED. The rest of his narrative comprises individual biographies of the four physicists, discussions of their major contributions, and the story of the scientific community in which they worked.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691033273
ISBN-10: 0691033277
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 768
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 4-Apr-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Silvan S. Schweber

Silvan S. Schweber is Professor of Physics and Richard Koret Professor of the History of Ideas at Brandeis University. He is also an associate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

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