Electrodynamics Today

  • E. T. Jaynes
Conference paper


In 1966, QED was in one of its recurrent states of pessimism, just as it had been twenty years earlier. In 1946, the teacher from whom I first learned about it — J. R. Oppenheimer — described it publicly as “a monumental flop.” But starting just at that time, the work of Tomonaga, Schwinger, Feynman, Dyson and others quickly restored the patient to vigorous health. These developments were pretty well consolidated by 1953 with the successful treatment of the Lamb shift and the anomalous moment, and optimism again ran high, with the belief that QED had been vindicated and could now advance to many new applications and elegant formulations.


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  • E. T. Jaynes
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  1. 1.Washington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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