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Pictures and Pedagogy: The Role of Diagrams in Feynman's Early Lectures (2012)


This paper aims to give a substantive account of how Feynman used diagrams in the first lectures in which he explained his new approach to quantum electrodynamics. By critically examining unpublished lecture notes, Feynman's use and interpretation of both Feynman diagrams and other visual representations will be illuminated. This paper will discuss how the morphology of Feynman's early diagrams were determined by both highly contextual issues, which molded his images to local needs and particular physical characterizations, and an overarching common diagrammatic style, which facilitated Feynman's movement between different diagrams despite their divergent forms and significance.

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Authors & Contributors
Kaiser, David Isaac
Wright, Aaron Sidney
Wüthrich, Adrian
Ploeger, Joanna S.
Ito, Kenji
Hall, Karl
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
History and Technology
Social Studies of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
University of Chicago Press
Visual representation; visual communication
Teaching; pedagogy
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Quantum mechanics
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Wilson, Robert Rathbun
Bohm, David Joseph
Fermi, Enrico
Wheeler, John Archibald
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
21st century
17th century
United States
Soviet Union
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (United States)
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
University of Chicago
Università di Pisa

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