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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 43 (3):184-194 (2012)
|Abstract||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 By critically examining unpublished lecture notes, Feynman’s use and interpretation of both "Feynman diagrams" and other visual representations will be illuminated.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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