JF Ptak Science Books LLC Post #123
Perhaps the only bigger five put-together lines than Feynman diagrams may be home plate; otherwise I’m hard pressed to come up with a better thing that can be drawn in this way with this many lines.
The impossibly bright Richard Feynman (1918-1988, Nobel in 1955 for the development of quantum electrodynamics; physics of superfluidity; path integral formulation of QM, etc.) worked on a schematic that would visualize—indeed, stand for--quantum electrodynamical interactions, the scattering calculations in QFT. The result is known by nearly everyone on earth as Feynman diagrams. (Murray Gell-Mann, another Nobelist and ueber diligent partner and competitor of Feynman’s, and perhaps as influential a physicist (with the Eightfold Way and etc.), refers to the diagrams as Stuckelberg diagrams, named for a pretty obscure physicist who, among others, came up with an early schemata closely resembling Feynman diagrams. His refusal smacks more than a little of retribution and competitive jealousy even 20 years after Feynman’s death.)