Pictures and Pedagogy: the role of diagrams in Feynman’s early lectures, 1949-50

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2010
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This paper aims to give a substantive account of how Feynman used diagrams in the first lectures in which he explained his new approach to quantum electrodynamics. By critically examining unpublished lecture notes, Feynman's use and interpretation of both “Feynman diagrams” and other visual representations will be illuminated. This paper will discuss how the morphology of Feynman's early diagrams were determined by both highly contextual issues, which molded his images to local needs and particular physical characterizations, and an overarching common diagrammatic style, which facilitated Feynman's movement between different diagrams despite their divergent forms and significance.
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modern, education, physics, electrodynamics, Feynmann
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Downstream publication: Gross, Ari. (2012). "Pictures and pedagogy: The role of diagrams in Feynman's early lectures." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 43(3), pg. 184-194.
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