- Series: Dover Books on Physics
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Emended ed. edition (July 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486477223
- ISBN-13: 978-0486477220
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals: Emended Edition (Dover Books on Physics) Emended ed. Edition
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About the Author
Known worldwide as the voice of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Albert R. Hibbs (1924-2003) studied for his doctorate under Feynman's tutelage and transcribed and edited Feynman's lectures in quantum electrodynamics.
Daniel F. Styer holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and is the John and Marianne Schiffer Professor of Physics at Oberlin College.
Richard P. Feynman: The Scientist's Scientist
One of the most famous scientists of the twentieth century, and an inexhaustible source of wonderful quotes, Richard Feynman shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics. 1965 was also the year in which Feynman and A. R. Hibbs first published Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals, which Dover reprinted in a new edition comprehensively emended by Daniel F. Styer in 2010.
In the Author's Own Words:
"Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle. It is our responsibility as scientists to proclaim the value of this freedom; to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed; and to demand this freedom as our duty to all coming generations."
"I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics."
"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there."
"To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature. . . . If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in." — Richard P. Feynman
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Top Customer Reviews
No one could explain things like Feynman. He was unique. You need a pretty solid background in classical mechanics and mathematics, and some effort is needed, but this book is well worth the effort.
Put this reference together with the Feynman PhD dissertation, and a physics person has a complete record as to the origins AND the applications of Feynman's enduring gift to physics.
But I dont think this should be one's primary text on the subject. For many sections of this book, I would recommend (for myself at least) a more vanilla companion text along with this book to familiarize oneself with the underlying math and more routine 'techniques'. This text, in my opinion, serves two great needs: 1) give beginners in the path integral approach an intuitive understanding of the topic, so that he 'understands' what he's doing while solving equations; and 2) give the experienced reader insights into the physical interpretations of the math.
It would also be more convenient to have this text on the Kindle, in a more modern typeset, but that doesnt seem likely..