- Taschenbuch: 158 Seiten
- Verlag: B&T; Auflage: New Ed (1. Oktober 1988)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0691024170
- ISBN-13: 978-0691024172
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,5 x 13,9 x 1,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 16 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 126.471 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Qed: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 1988
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Famous the world over for the creative brilliance of his insights into the physical world, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the nonscientist. "QED" - the edited version of four lectures on quantum electrodynamics that Feynman gave to the general public at UCLA as part of the Alix G. Mautner Memorial Lecture series - is perhaps the best example of his ability to communicate both the substance and the spirit of science to the layperson. The focus, as the title suggests, is quantum electrodynamics (QED), the part of the quantum theory of fields that describes the interactions of the quanta of the electromagnetic field-light, X rays, gamma rays - with matter and those of charged particles with one another. By extending the formalism developed by Dirac in 1933, which related quantum and classical descriptions of the motion of particles, Feynman revolutionized the quantum mechanical understanding of the nature of particles and waves.
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Feynman cautions the audience that they may not understand what he will be saying. Not because of technical difficulty, but because they may be unable to believe it, unable to accept what he is saying. "The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is - absurd."
I long had this problem. I wanted to understand why, in addition to how nature works. I wanted some philosophical understanding, some underlying meaning. I have come to accept that the fundamental laws (rules, behavior, whatever) of physics are not intuitive, but are incomprehensible in terms of common sense.
To appreciate Feynman's QED lectures, you must have patience, some commitment (its not really difficult), but more than anything else you need a willingness to set aside disbelief and simply listen to a physicist talk about quantum electrodynamics. A willingness to accept that nature refuses to be understood. Analyzed, dissected, mathematically described (in a probabilistic sense), but not fundamentally understood. QED.
I am largely unsatisfied by books for laymen on quantum physics, string theory, cosmology, and the like. My background includes some physics and I find that a bit of mathematics is more helpful than a great many analogies, no matter how cleverly constructed. QED should have been disappointing. But I gave it five stars.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
As usual, Feynman is lucid, entertaining and interesting. A wonderful book.
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As a 3rd year undergrad physics major at Caltech, I sometimes got lost in the forest of mathematical equations that the professors threw at me. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 5. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
Feynman treates physics in the proper manner. He takes all of the jargon out and makes very complicated arguements available to a more general reader.Am 30. November 1999 veröffentlicht
I am studying A-Level Physics, and find this book truly inspirational. Though not on the syllabus, QED certainly should be An incredible man, and an incredible book.Am 12. September 1999 veröffentlicht
I'm halfway through the book, it's unbelievably lucid, witty, light-hearted, and modest, and explains QED, and actually quantum physics through the phenomenon of light, better than... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 3. August 1999 veröffentlicht
Feynman's version of QED (which he helped develop) is the most clever and lucid way of explaining QED phenomena. I can't praise this book enought. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 23. Juli 1999 von Ein Kunde
In my opinion, a scientist who gives you the oppurtunity to delve into his mind and understand what he understands is a privilege both to the reader and to the cause of science. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 20. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
This is the kind of book that makes you want to go back to school and actually pay attention. It was fascinating and stimulating. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 30. November 1998 veröffentlicht