QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

QED: The Strange Theory Of Light And Matter

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

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QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter is an adaptation for the general reader of four lectures on quantum electrodynamics (QED) by Richard Feynman (1918-1988).

QED was designed to be a popular science book in a witty style with a very small amount of quantum-mechanical mathematics. It is aimed at teaching an educated general public audience an understanding of what's going on behind the calculations rather than teaching how to do the calculations. It was first published in 1985 by the Princeton University Press.

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Much of Feynman's discussion springs from an everyday phenomenon: the way any transparent sheet of glass partly reflects any light shining on it. Feynman also pays homage to Isaac Newton's struggles to come to terms with the nature of light.

Feynman's lectures were originally given as the Sir Douglas Robb lectures at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1979. Videotapes of these lectures were made publicly available on a not-for-profit basis in 1996 and more recently have been placed online by the .

The book is based on Feynman's delivery of the first Alix G. Mautner Memorial Lecture series for the general public at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1983. The differences between the book and the original Auckland lectures were discussed in June 1996 in the American Journal of Physics.

In 2006, Princeton University Press published a new edition with a new introduction by Anthony Zee. He introduces Feynman's peculiar take at...
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