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Posted February 20, 2010
Who isn't fascinated by the life and achievements of American Nobel laureate Richard Feynman?
Feynman's brilliant and profound work in modern physics comes to life in his doctoral thesis. It contains his theoretical approach to quantize classical action-at-a-distance electrodynamics, and thus it is a must read for any student of physics. Feynman wrote with incredible clarity and made the difficult topics of his dissertation seem easy.
But even non physicists will find this book interesting, and very inspiring. This is due in part to the fine introduction by Laurie Brown who in just a few pages puts Feynman's work in the right context. Professor Brown's explanations make Feynman's doctoral thesis accessible to anyone, even if one does not know quantum physics. Thus, just reading Laurie Brown's introduction will help readers understand what Richard Feynman did to advance theoretical physics.