Qed: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (英語) ペーパーバック – 1990/3/29
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In QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter Richard P. Feynman explains, in his lucid and witty style, the revolutionary scientific theory that won him the Nobel Prize.
Quantum electrodynamics - or QED for short - is the theory that explains how light and electrons interact, and in doing so illuminates the deepest and most complex mysteries of the world around us.
Thanks to Richard Feynman and his colleagues, who won the Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking work in this area, it is also one of the rare parts of physics that is known for sure - a theory that has stood the test of time. In these entertaining lectures Feynman uses clear everyday examples to provide the definitive introduction to QED.
'The perfect example of scientific genius'
'If you don't believe Nature is absurd, let chatty Professor Feynman convince you in his series of exceedingly reader-friendly lectures ... Full of witty one-liners, with its learning lightly worn, it's a book to enlighten'
Mail on Sunday
'Does a marvelous job of explaining one of twentieth-century physics' few unqualified triumphs'
The New York Times
Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was one of this century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers. Feynman's other books, also available in Penguin, include QED, Six Easy Pieces, Six Not-so-Easy Pieces, Don't You Have Time to Think, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, What Do You Care What Other People Think? and The Meaning of it All.
Physics Nobelist Feynman simply cannot help being original. In this quirky, fascinating book, he explains to laymen the quantum theory of light, a theory to which he made decisive contributions. The New Yorker Feynman's lectures must have been marvelous and they have been turned into an equally entrancing book, a vivid introduction to QED which is leavened and enlivened by his wit. Anyone with a curiosity about physics today should buy it, not only to get to grips with the deepest meaning of quantum theory but to possess a slice of history. -- Pedro Waloschek Nature --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
Another reivewer pointed out that this book is good because it is short. I agree; even if you don't understand it all on the first read, it isn't a major commitment to read it a second or third time.
A good teacher makes you feel smart and confident enough in your newly acquired knowledge to share it with others. Even though I couldn't pass even a basic test on QED, I did learn several interesting things about light that I can explain in casual conversation and even demonstrate. Share what you've learned with your children. This is interesting enough that you might inspire him or her to become a physicist.
Throughout high school and college, we are taught statements that light moves in a straight line as facts. The reality is that this is not a fact but rather a simplification. The real mechanisms which this book explains are not that much harder to understand but a lot more beautiful, interesting and amazing.
I unlearned years of Physics I was taught and am now even more interested in learning more. Feynman not only makes reading this book rewarding but also very easy.
One of the things I greatly appreciate is that Feynman does not simplify without letting you know what he is doing and why. I wish that someone when I was in high school had told me that light appearing to move in a straight line is a simplification of a complex process of interactions of photons with each other. At that age I may not have bother to learn the reality but at least would have kept my mind open.
I recommend this book to everyone curious and interested in how nature works. I am reading my copy for the third time now and it still continues to awe me.