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The Resource The beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard Feynman, Jagdish Mehra

The beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard Feynman, Jagdish Mehra

Label
The beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard Feynman
Title
The beat of a different drum
Title remainder
the life and science of Richard Feynman
Statement of responsibility
Jagdish Mehra
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This definitive book deals with the life and scientific work of arguably the greatest American-born theoretical physicist of the twentieth century. He was a great teacher, a born showman, bongo drummer, buffoon, and iconoclast; a scientific magician capable of transcendental leaps of the imagination. During his career he was drawn into research on the atomic bomb before working out his path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics and quantum electro-dynamics. Subsequently he developed the diagrammatic technique, as a result of which Feynman diagrams became ubiquitous in quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, and statistical mechanics. From 1950 he was based at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked on the superfluidity of liquid helium, the theory of polarons, the theory of weak interactions, the quantum theory of gravitation, partons, quark jets, and the limits of computation
  • Feynman had a unified view of physics and nature: he took the whole of nature as the arena of his science and imagination. Jagdish Mehra personally knew Feynman for thirty years. In 1980 Feynman suggested he might do what he had already done for Heisenberg, Pauli, and Dirac, that is write a definitive account of his life, science, and personality. Mehra instantly agreed and subsequently spent several weeks talking to him. After Feynman's death Mehra interviewed almost eighty people who had known him and aspects of his work. This book draws on this unique material and on Feynman's remarkable writings. It covers his childhood, his three marriages, his extraordinary range of interests. But most important, it deals with his scientific work in far greater detail than in any other biographical work on Feynman. What has emerged is a truly authoritative account of Feynman's life and achievements
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mehra, Jagdish
Dewey number
  • 530/.092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QC16.F49
LC item number
M45 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Feynman, Richard P.
  • Physicists
  • Feynman, Richard Phillips
  • Feynman, Richard P.
  • Feynman, Richard Phillips
  • Physiciens
  • Natuurkundigen
  • Physicien
  • Biographie
  • Etats-Unis
  • Physiciens
Label
The beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard Feynman, Jagdish Mehra
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
'If it's a boy, he'll be a scientist' -- 'What one fool can do, another can do better' -- Undergraduate at MIT -- Arrival in Princeton as a graduate student -- Action-at-a-distance in electrodynamics: the Wheeler-Feynman theory -- The principle of least action in quantum mechanics -- Arline: 'A love like no other I know' -- Diversions and contributions at Los Alamos -- A 'dignified professor' at Cornell University -- Feynman's path to quantum mechanics -- The development of quantum electrodynamics until mid-1947: the historical background of Feynman's work on QED -- Feynman's investigations between the Shelter Island and Pocono conferences -- From the Pocono Conference to the Oldstone Conference: Feynman's fundamental papers on quantum electrodynamics -- The space-time approach to quantum electrodynamics -- The mathematical formulation of quantum electrodynamics -- From Cornell to Caltech via Copacabana and Kyoto -- The cup runneth over: Feynman and the theory of superfluidity -- Unwelcome recognition and establishing a routine -- 'Enjoying the scenery': Feynman and the polaron problem -- Excursions into diverse fields -- 'The only law of nature I could lay a claim to': The theory of weak interactions -- Virtuoso performances as teacher and lecturer -- Gravitons, partons, and quark jets -- The fundamental limits of computation -- Reflections on science, religion, culture, and modern society -- The beat of a different drum
Control code
28507544
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxii, 630 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780198539483
Lccn
93028295
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1596653
  • (OCoLC)28507544
Label
The beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard Feynman, Jagdish Mehra
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
'If it's a boy, he'll be a scientist' -- 'What one fool can do, another can do better' -- Undergraduate at MIT -- Arrival in Princeton as a graduate student -- Action-at-a-distance in electrodynamics: the Wheeler-Feynman theory -- The principle of least action in quantum mechanics -- Arline: 'A love like no other I know' -- Diversions and contributions at Los Alamos -- A 'dignified professor' at Cornell University -- Feynman's path to quantum mechanics -- The development of quantum electrodynamics until mid-1947: the historical background of Feynman's work on QED -- Feynman's investigations between the Shelter Island and Pocono conferences -- From the Pocono Conference to the Oldstone Conference: Feynman's fundamental papers on quantum electrodynamics -- The space-time approach to quantum electrodynamics -- The mathematical formulation of quantum electrodynamics -- From Cornell to Caltech via Copacabana and Kyoto -- The cup runneth over: Feynman and the theory of superfluidity -- Unwelcome recognition and establishing a routine -- 'Enjoying the scenery': Feynman and the polaron problem -- Excursions into diverse fields -- 'The only law of nature I could lay a claim to': The theory of weak interactions -- Virtuoso performances as teacher and lecturer -- Gravitons, partons, and quark jets -- The fundamental limits of computation -- Reflections on science, religion, culture, and modern society -- The beat of a different drum
Control code
28507544
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxii, 630 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780198539483
Lccn
93028295
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1596653
  • (OCoLC)28507544

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