Pictures and pedagogy: The role of diagrams in Feynman's early lectures

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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 By critically examining unpublished lecture notes, Feynman’s use and interpretation of both "Feynman diagrams" and other visual representations will be illuminated.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 discusses 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.
Keywords Feynman diagrams  visual reasoning  visualization  pedagogy  images  pictures  quantum electrodynamics
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