1963 – USA

‘Quantum electrodynamics’

Quantum electrodynamics was the successor to quantum mechanics. One of the problems with the quantum theory of electromagnetic fields was that for the theory to work electrons needed to have an infinite energy of interaction and an infinite number of degrees of freedom. Feynman’s way of calculating quantum electrodynamics set quantum theory on a firm footing.

After being invited to join the commission investigating the January 28, 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster by NASA, Feynman demonstrated his determination to remain an independent observer by publishing his own appendix to the report. Feynman added to the commission’s criticism of its system of management by finding that NASA’s own method of using statistics that showed the shuttle was safe was for two reasons. “ …an attempt to assure the government of NASA perfection and success in order to ensure the supply of funds. The other may be that they sincerely believed it to be true, demonstrating an almost incredible lack of communication between themselves and their working engineers…. For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled ”.

Wikipedia-logo © (link to wikipedia)

picture of the Nobel medal - link to

picture of the Nobel medal - link to




Link to richard feynman Douglas Robb Memorial Lectures on video

6 thoughts on “RICHARD FEYNMAN (1918- 88)

  1. Pingback: GERALD EDELMAN (USA b.1929) RODNEY PORTER (UK 1917- 85) | A History of Science

  2. Pingback: Quote of the moment: Richard Feynman, “nature cannot be fooled” | Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  3. Pingback: PAUL DIRAC (1902- 84) | A History of Science

  4. Pingback: WERNER HEISENBERG (1901- 76) | A History of Science

  5. Pingback: ERWIN SCHRODINGER (1887-1961) | A History of Science

  6. Pingback: SATYENDRA NATH BOSE (1894-1974) ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) | A History of Science

Leave a comment - especially if you find factual or grammatical errors

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s