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Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988
Oral history interview with Richard Phillips Feynman, 1966 March 4 to 4 February 1973.
Interview covers the development of several branches of theoretical physics from the 1930s through the 1960s; the most extensive discussions deal with topics in quantum electrodynamics, nuclear physics as it relates to fission technology, meson field theory, superfluidity and other properties of liquid helium, beta decay and the Universal Fermi Interaction, with particular emphasis on Feynman's work in the reformulation of quantum electrodynamic field equations. Early life in Brooklyn, New York; high school; undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; learning the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics on his own. To Princeton University (John A. Wheeler), 1939; serious preoccupation with problem of self-energy of electron and other problems of quantum field theory; work on uranium isotope separation; Ph.D., 1942. Atomic bomb project, Los Alamos (Hans Bethe, Niels Bohr, Enrico Fermi); test explosion at Alamagordo. After World War II teaches mathematical physics at Cornell University; fundamental ideas in quantum electrodynamics crystalize; publishes "A Space-Time View," 1948; Shelter Island Conference (Lamb shift); Poconos Conferences; relations with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichiro Tomonaga; nature and quality of scientific education in Latin America; industry and science policies. To California Institute of Technology, 1951; problems associated with the nature of superfluid helium; work on the Lamb shift (Bethe, Michel Baranger); work on the law of beta decay and violation of parity (Murray Gell-Mann); biological studies; philosophy of scientific discovery; Geneva Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy; masers (Robert Hellwarth, Frank Lee Vernon, Jr.), 1957; Solvay Conference, 1961. Appraisal of current state of quantum electrodynamics; opinion of the National Academy of Science; Nobel Prize, 1965.
Physicist (quantum electrodynamics). Lifespan 1918-1988.
Baranger, Michel
Bethe, Hans A, (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962.
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988
Gell-Mann, Murray.
Hellwarth, Robert Willis, 1930-
Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994.
Tomonaga, Shin'ichiro
Vernon, Frank Lee
Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008
California Institute of Technology
Cornell University
Manhattan Project (U.S.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Princeton University.
Pocono Conference on Physics.
Shelter Island Conferences.
Solvay Conference on Physics (1961).
Atomic bomb -- Testing -- New Mexico.
Beta decay.
Fermi interaction.
Field theory (Physics)
General relativity (Physics)
Lamb shift.
Mathematical physics -- Study and teaching.
Nuclear fission -- Technological innovations.
Nuclear physics.
Quantum theory.
Science education -- Latin America.
Theoretical physics
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings lcgft
Transcripts. aat
Weiner, Charles interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA