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Single Idea 21147

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 2. Electrodynamics / a. Electrodynamics]

Full Idea

The theory of electromagnetism that incorporates both special relativity and quantum mechanics is quantum electrodynamics (QED). It was developed by Dirac and others, and perfected in the 1940s. The field is a collection of quanta.

Gist of Idea

Quantum electrodynamics incorporates special relativity and quantum mechanics


New Scientist writers (Why the Universe Exists [2017], 02)

A Reaction

This builds on Maxwell's earlier classical theory. QED is said to be the best theory in all of physics.

Book Reference

New Scientist writers: 'Why the Universe Exists' [John Murray 2017], p.24