Latest The Feynman Lectures on Physics Stories

2013-03-14 11:12:37

The precise methodology of Richard Feynman's famous double-slit thought-experiment — a cornerstone of quantum mechanics that showed how electrons behave as both a particle and a wave — has been followed in full for the very first time. Although the particle-wave duality of electrons has been demonstrated in a number of different ways since Feynman popularized the idea in 1965, none of the experiments have managed to fully replicate the methodology set out in Volume 3 of...

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