Synopses & Reviews
This monumental collection of thirty-four historical papers on quantum electrodynamics features contributions from the twentieth century's leading physicists: Dyson, Fermi, Feynman, Foley, Heisenberg, Klein, Oppenheimer, Pauli, Weisskopf, and others. The papers were edited by Julian Schwinger, who won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in this very topic.
Physicists, mathematicians, electromagnetic engineers, and students of the history and philosophy of science will find much of permanent value in these essays. Reports range from initial successes to the first signs of crisis, followed by the stimulus of experimental discovery and new triumphs that led to an unparalleled quantitative accord between theory and experiment. The compilation concludes with the vision of quantum electrodynamics as part of the larger subject of the theory of elementary particles, faced with fundamental problems as well as the future prospect of even more revolutionary discoveries.
How quantum electrodynamics evolved in the first quarter of the 20th century, revealed here by its creators in 34 papers by Foley, Fermi, Heisenberg, Dryson, Weisskopf, Oppenheimer, Pauli, Schwinger, Klein and other key figures. Twenty-nine are in English, three in German, one each in French and Italian. Preface. Historical commentary.
Thirty-four papers by Foley, Fermi, Heisenberg, Dyson, Weisskopf, Oppenheimer, Pauli, Schwinger, Klein, and other prominent 20th-century physicists. Three papers in German, one each in French and Italian, balance in English.
This monumental collection of 34 historical papers on quantum electrodynamics features contributions by the 20th century's leading physicists: Dyson, Fermi, Feynman, Foley, Oppenheimer, Pauli, Weisskopf, and others. Twenty-nine are in English, three in German, and one each in French and Italian. Editor Julian Schwinger won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in quantum electrodynamics.
About the Author
One of the great 20th-century physicists, Julian Schwinger (1918-94) is best remembered for his work on the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the very topic of this text. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, along with Richard Feynman and Shinichiro Tomonaga, for their work on quantum electrodynamics.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Dirac: The Quantum Theory of the Emission and Absorption of Radiation 2. Fermi: Sopra L'Ellettrodinamica Quantistca 3. Dirac, Fock, Podolsky: On Quantum Electrodynamics 4. Jorda, Wigner: Uber Das Paulische Aquivalenzverbot 5. Heisenberg: Uber Die Mit Der Enstehung von Materie aus Strahlung Verknupften Ladungsschwankungen 6. Weisskopf: On the Self-Energy and the Electromagnetic Field of the Electron 7. Dirac: Theorie du Positron 8. Weisskopf: Uber die Electrodynamik des Vakuums auf Grund der Quatentheorie desEelektrons 9. Bloch, Nordsieck: Notes on the Radiation Field of the Electron 10. Foley, Kusch: On the Intrinsic Moment of the Electron 11. Lamb, Retherford: Fine Structure of the Hydrogen Atom by a Microwave Method 12. Bethe: The Electromagnetic Shift of Energy Levels 13. Schwinger: On Quantum-Electrodynamics and the Magnetic Moment of the Electron 14. Schwinger: On Radiative Corrections to Electron Scattering 15. Oppenheimer: Electron Theory 16. Tomonaga: On a Relativistically Invariant Formulation of the Quantum Theory of Wave Fields 17. Schwinger: Quantum Electrodynamics, III: The Electromagnetic Properties of the Electron--Radiative Corrections to Scattering 18. Tomonaga: On Infinite Field Reactions in Quantum Field Theory 19. Pauli, Villars: On the Invariant Regularization in Relativistic Quantum Theory 20. Schwinger: On Gauge Invariance and Vacuum Polarization 21. Feynman: The Theory of Positrons 22. Feynman: Space-Time Approach to Quantum Electrodynamics 23. Feynman: Mathematical Formulations of the Quantum Theory of Electromagnetic Interaction 24, Dyson: The Radiation Theories of Tomonaga, Scwinger, and Feynman 25. Dyson: The S Matix in Quantum Electrodynamics 26. Dirac: The Lagrangian in Quantum Mechanics 27. Feynman: Space-Time Approach to Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics 28. Schwinger: The Theory of Quantized Fields, I 29. Schwinger: The Theory of Quantized Fields, II 30. Pauli: The Connection Between Spin and Statistics 31.Schwinger: On the Green's Functions of Quantized Fields, I 32. Karplus, Klein: Electrodynamic Displacement of Atomic Energy Levels, III: The Hyperfine Structure of Positronium 33. Kallen: On the Magnitude of the Renormalization Constants in Quantum Electrodynamics 34. Kroll, Lamb: On the Self-Energy of a Bound Electron