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Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

David Kaiser

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Feynman diagrams have revolutionized nearly every aspect of theoretical physics since the middle of the twentieth century. Introduced by the American physicist Richard Feynman (1918–88) soon after ... More


The Seeds of Dispersion

in Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Feynman diagrams' dispersion in pictorial form, with their attendant dispersion in calculational roles, may be derived from at least two sources. In the first place, the diagrams' original ... More


International Dispersion

in Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Personal contact, informal mentoring, and the postdoc cascade put Feynman diagrams into circulation within the United States. The American example proved to be the rule: personal contact and the ... More


Family Resemblances

in Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The uses of Feynman diagrams by theorists, in their dissertations and articles, provide an information-rich road map for charting intellectual traditions and local pedagogical practices. Attending ... More


Paper Tools and the Theorists' Way of Life

in Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Theoretical physicists must work hard to learn how to wield their tools; rarely do the tools of theory seem natural or obvious on their own. Once physicists learn to deploy paper tools and make ... More


Freeman Dyson and the Postdoc Cascade

in Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Feynman diagrams first made the move from Feynman's disappointing Pocono presentation to physicists' lecture halls and research notebooks thanks to the efforts of his young colleague, Freeman Dyson. ... More


An Introduction in the Poconos

in Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Feynman introduced his diagrams in the spring of 1948 as an aid for tackling difficulties that had challenged theoretical physicists for decades. Following a brief review of these earlier efforts, ... More


Teaching the Diagrams in an Age of Textbooks

in Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Many of the diagrammatic maneuvers regarding the Feynman diagrams have provided the scaffolding for what coalesced as the S-matrix program. Several theorists hoped that this diagram-derived program ... More


Expanding the S-matrix: Feynman diagrams

Tom Lancaster and Stephen J. Blundell

in Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199699322
eISBN:
9780191779435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699322.003.0020
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter introduces Feynman diagrams, which provide a wonderful pictorial way of visualizing terms in the perturbation expansion. Rather than evaluating umpteen integrals the chapter is able to ... More


Statistical field theory: Perturbative expansion

Jean Zinn-Justin

in Phase Transitions and Renormalization Group

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199227198
eISBN:
9780191711107
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227198.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter discusses the perturbative calculation of correlation or vertex functions expressed in terms of field (functional) integrals. The successive contributions to the perturbative expansion ... More


REGULARIZATION OF FIELD THEORY AND CHIRAL ANOMALIES

Kazuo Fujikawa and Hiroshi Suzuki

in Path Integrals and Quantum Anomalies

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198529132
eISBN:
9780191712821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529132.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter illustrates the regularization of field theory by taking quantum electrodynamics (QED) as an example, showing that the mass of the photon remains at 0 even after higher-order quantum ... More


Phenomenological Particle Notions

Laura Ruetsche

in Interpreting Quantum Theories

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199535408
eISBN:
9780191728525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535408.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter considers another route to a particle interpretation of quantum field theory, one mediated by the existence of techniques (such as the use of Feynman diagrams to guide calculation) and ... More


“Democratic” Diagrams in Berkeley and Princeton

in Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226422664
eISBN:
9780226422657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422657.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Few American physics departments experienced the pains of transition to the postwar political scene more abruptly, or more publicly, than the Berkeley campus of the University of California. Geoffrey ... More


Coherent Interactions of Fields and Atoms

Stephen C. Rand

in Lectures on Light: Nonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199574872
eISBN:
9780191722219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574872.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Chapter 5 begins the systematic application of the density matrix to describe optical interactions. First, stationary two‐ and three‐level atoms interacting with a traveling wave are compared to show ... More


Anomalies in QFT

Reinhold A. Bertlmann

in Anomalies in Quantum Field Theory

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198507628
eISBN:
9780191706400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507628.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter investigates the anomaly within standard mathematical techniques. It works predominantly in perturbation theory, calculating Feynman diagrams. It shows in detail the occurrence of the ... More


Particle Physics

Nicholas Manton and Nicholas Mee

in The Physical World: An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198795933
eISBN:
9780191837111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795933.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

This chapter offers a brief introduction to quantum field theory and an outline of modern particle physics. The fundamental particles of the Standard Model are introduced. The quantization of fields ... More


Scalar field with λϕ4 interaction

Michael Kachelriess

in Quantum Fields: From the Hubble to the Planck Scale

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198802877
eISBN:
9780191841330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198802877.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The generating functionals Z[J] and W[J] for the λϕ‎4 theory are evaluated perturbatively and expressed through Feynman diagrams. The resulting Feynman rules are derived and the three basic one-loop ... More


Particle physics I

Ian R. Kenyon

in Quantum 20/20: Fundamentals, Entanglement, Gauge Fields, Condensates and Topology

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198808350
eISBN:
9780191846052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808350.003.0018
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Particle families (quarks and leptons), their properties and their interactions are introduced. The exchange mechanism and the Yukawa potential are discussed. Natural units are explained. The ... More


Visualizability and Intelligibility: Insight Into the Quantum World

Henk W. de Regt

in Understanding Scientific Understanding

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190652913
eISBN:
9780190652944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190652913.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter investigates the relation between visualizability and intelligibility, by means of an in-depth study of the transition from classical physics to quantum physics in the first decades of ... More


Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur

Tom Lancaster and Stephen J. Blundell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199699322
eISBN:
9780191779435
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699322.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Quantum field theory is arguably the most far-reaching and beautiful physical theory ever constructed, with aspects more stringently tested and verified to greater precision than any other theory in ... More


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