Thesis ID: CBB510575913

History and Philosophy of Feynman's Electrodynamics: From the Absorber Theory of Radiation to Feynman Diagrams (2022)


Stöltzner, Michael (Advisor)
Forgione, Marco (Author)

Stöltzner, Michael
University of South Carolina
Publication date: 2022
Language: English

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 188

The main objective of this dissertation is to reconstruct the philosophical intuition that led the physicist Richard Feynman to develop the absorber theory of radiation, the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics and the Feynman diagrams. This intuition, in its most general form, corresponds to the idea that the dynamics of some quantum phenomena does not have to be studied by looking at the system’s infinitesimal time evolution from initial to final state. Rather, some phenomena are better accounted for if we consider the initial and final states and evaluate whatever happens in-between as happening all-at-once.

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Authors & Contributors
Wüthrich, Adrian
Brown, James Robert
Darrigol, Olivier
Dorato, Mauro
Esposito, Salvatore
Feynman, Michelle
Perspectives on Science
European Physical Journal H
Physics in Perspective
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Spontaneous Generations
Basic Books
Oxford University Press
Warner Books
Feynman diagrams
Visual representation; visual communication
Quantum mechanics
Models and modeling in science
Science and society
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Wheeler, John Archibald
Einstein, Albert
Fermi, Enrico
Heisenberg, Werner
Jeffreys, Harold
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
United States
University of Chicago
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

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