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The magic of Feynman’s QED: from field-less electrodynamics to the Feynman diagrams (2019)


For some time, even after the Feynman diagrams and rules were publicly known, the foundations of Feynman’s quantum electrodynamics remained mostly private. Its stupendous efficiency then appeared like magic to most of his competitors. The purpose of this essay is to reveal the hidden contrivances of this magic, in a journey from field-less electrodynamics to the Feynman diagrams.

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Authors & Contributors
Juliana Genevieve Souza André
Brown, James Robert
Stöltzner, Michael
Wüthrich, Adrian
Dorato, Mauro
Kenat, Ralph C., Jr.
Perspectives on Science
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
European Physical Journal H
Spontaneous Generations
Physics in Perspective
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
University of South Carolina
Firenze University Press
University of Chicago Press
University of Maryland, College Park
Feynman diagrams
Philosophy of science
Visual representation; visual communication
Quantum electrodynamics
Quantum mechanics
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Bohm, David Joseph
Bethe, Hans Albrecht
Eddington, Arthur Stanley
Fermi, Enrico
Maxwell, James Clerk
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain

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