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Feynman's Thesis A New Approach to Quantum Theory

Feynman's Thesis A New Approach to Quantum Theory
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  • ISBN-13: 9789812563668
  • ISBN: 9812563660
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated

AUTHOR

Brown, Laurie M.

SUMMARY

Richard Feynman's never previously published doctoral thesis formed the heart of much of his brilliant and profound work in theoretical physics. Entitled ?The Principle of Least Action in Quantum Mechanics, ? its original motive was to quantize the classical action-at-a-distance electrodynamics. Because that theory adopted an overall space'time viewpoint, the classical Hamiltonian approach used in the conventional formulations of quantum theory could not be used, so Feynman turned to the Lagrangian function and the principle of least action as his points of departure. The result was the path integral approach, which satisfied ? and transcended ? its original motivation, and has enjoyed great success in renormalized quantum field theory, including the derivation of the ubiquitous Feynman diagrams for elementary particles. Path integrals have many other applications, including atomic, molecular, and nuclear scattering, statistical mechanics, quantum liquids and solids, Brownian motion, aBrown, Laurie M. is the author of 'Feynman's Thesis A New Approach to Quantum Theory', published 2005 under ISBN 9789812563668 and ISBN 9812563660.

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