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Development of the Space-Time View of Quantum Electrodynamics

Feynman, Richard P. (1966) Development of the Space-Time View of Quantum Electrodynamics. Science, 153 (3737). pp. 699-708. ISSN 0036-8075.

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We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or to describe how you had the wrong idea first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to get to do the work, although there has been, in these days, some interest in this kind of thing. Since winning the prize is a personal thing, I thought I could be excused in this particular situation if I were to talk personally about my relationship to quantum electrodynamics, rather than to discuss the subject itself in a refined and finished fashion. Furthermore, since there are three people who have won the prize in physics, if they are all going to be talking about quantum electrodynamics itself, one might become bored with the subject. So, what I would like to tell you about today are the sequence of events, really the sequence of ideas, which occurred, and by which I finally came out the other end with an unsolved problem for which I ultimately received a prize.

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Additional Information:Copyright @ 1966 by the Nobel Foundation. The author is a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. This article is the lecture he delivered in Stockholm, Sweden, 11 December 1965, when he received the Nobel Prize in physics, which he shared with Shinichero Tomonaga and Julian Seymour Schwinger. It is published here with the permission of the Nobel Foundation and will also be included in the complete volumes of Nobel Lectures in English, published by the Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam and New York.
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Official Citation:The Development of the Space-Time View of Quantum Electrodynamics Richard P. Feynman Science New Series, Vol. 153, No. 3737 (Aug. 12, 1966) , pp. 699-708 Published by: American Association for the Advancement of Science Stable URL:
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