The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

Book - 2006
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Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. Here Feynman provides a classic and definitive introduction to QED (namely, quantum electrodynamics), that part of quantum field theory describing the interactions of light with charged particles. Using everyday language, spatial concepts, visualizations, and his renowned "Feynman diagrams" instead of advanced mathematics, Feynman clearly and humorously communicates both the substance and spirit of QED to the layperson. A. Zee's introduction places Feynman's book and his seminal contribution to QED in historical context and further highlights Feynman's uniquely appealing and illuminating style.

Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton : 2006
ISBN: 9780691125756
Branch Call Number: ANF 537.6 FEYN
Characteristics: 158 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Mar 08, 2018

I found this book very interesting yet relatively easy to follow as it delves into many of the quirky properties of light without using too much physics jargon and without any complex equations. Instead Richard P. Feynman uses very well constructed analogies and many clear diagrams to explain how light interacts with other objects and even itself without confusing readers not educated as physicists. For example, I found his representation of light as an arrow that rotates around like the hand of a stopwatch that times it’s motion to be a great analogy that helped me understand light’s interference with itself without having to completely understand phase shift and interference. Overall, this book was great as it taught me a few things about light’s behavior but mostly because it showed me that there was so much more for me to learn about light and made me more interested in physics.
- @CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 09, 2015

Very clearly written, with many annotated diagrams that help explain the subject.

May 18, 2011

Excellent - easy read

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