- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691125759
- ISBN-13: 978-0691125756
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 214 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
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This volume, constituting the printed version of the first of the Alix G. Mautner Memorial Lectures to be given periodically at UCLA, certainly gets this new series off to a flying start. World-renowned for the liveliness and creativity of his physical insights, Caltech physicist Feynman provides another of his tours de force as he clearly explains the arcane workings of quantum electrodynamics, a theory which Feynman himself helped to establish. Starting with such familiar phenomena as the reflection and refraction of light, Feynman goes on to describe in detail the interactions between electrons and light. Although the text requires more concentration to grasp than most science popularizations, things never get out of hand. A good choice for collections serving informed readers. Thomas E. Margrave, formerly with Physics & Astronomy Dept., Univ. of Montana, Missoula
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"Physics Nobelist Feynman simply cannot help being original. In this quirky, fascinating book, he explains to laymen the quantum theory of light, a theory to which he made decisive contributions."--The New Yorker
"Feynman's lectures must have been marvelous and they have been turned into an equally entrancing book, a vivid introduction to QED which is leavened and enlivened by his wit. Anyone with a curiosity about physics today should buy it, not only to get to grips with the deepest meaning of quantum theory but to possess a slice of history."--Pedro Waloschek, Nature
Praise for Princeton's original edition: "Feynman simply cannot help being original. In this quirky, fascinating book, he explains to laymen the quantum theory of light."--New Yorker
Praise for Princeton's original edition:"[A]nother tour de force by the acknowledged master of clear explanation in physics."--John Roche, Times Literary Supplement
Praise for Princeton's original edition:"Feynman's lectures must have been marvellous and they have been turned into an equally entrancing book, a vivid introduction to QED which is leavened and enlivened by his wit. Anyone with a curiosity about physics today should buy it, not only to get to grips with the deepest meaning of quantum theory but to possess a slice of history."--Pedro Waloschek, Nature
Praise for Princeton's original edition: "In four conversational and breezy chapters. . . . Feynman, who himself gave the theory its most useful and powerful form, undertakes without one equation to explain QED to the generality of readers."--Philip Morrison, Scientific American
"Using clear language, many visuals, and his own Feynman diagrams, the author presents a clear introduction to the quantum theory of the inter-action of light with matter, without mathematics but with humor."--Physics Teacher
Top customer reviews
If you'd like to understand what this man did that resulted in the Nobel Prize, then read this book. I'm not saying it is a light read, but it is readable by folks other that graduate level physics majors.
Some of the thinking in here is pretty mind-blowingly out of the box. Light traveling faster than the speed of light? Antimatter traveling backwards in time? These may not be true, but it's interesting that the system works regardless of whether they are or not. Even barring these questionable bits, if you haven't studied quantum mechanics before, you will have your conception of reality significantly altered by this book.
Shailesh Kadakia, Author & Professor
Author: True Physics of Light Beyond Relativity, 2nd Edition