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Texts on Quantum Fields without Maxwell's Equations

  1. Jul 24, 2010 #1

    I would like to know what your thoughts are on books that make an attempt to discuss quantum electromagnetism without using any of Maxwell's equations. I came across a text written by an author who decided not to use Maxwell's equations because Maxwell and others "didn't have access" to modern experiments. Personally, I think it's probably a bad idea, but I want as many people to post in here what they think. Thanks :)
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  3. Jul 24, 2010 #2
  4. Jul 24, 2010 #3
    Carver A Mead uses a four-vector potential approach combined with quantum theory in the same way.

    I particularly like his use of superconducting inductors to illustrate points that become obvious in retrospect.
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