Dirac and Feynman in Poland
- This photo made a so profound impact on the career of one of your
colleagues that he had to make a
pilgrimage to this spot in November of
2013. You are right. I am talking about myself. It is OK if you do not
understand my papers, but you cannot deny the continuity in my publication
list starting from 1961, and I am still writing.
Many of you in the past wrote strong negative referee reports on my papers, and you will have more opportunities to do so in the future. However, you have never been able to stop me from doing physics. The reason is very simple. I believe in these two great physicists.
- Both of them were interested in making quantum mechanics consistent
with relativity, but they took different routes with different styles.
Thus, it is a great challenge to every physicist to complete the job of
combining quantum mechanics with relativity by combining the papers
published by them.
- We can compare these two physicists in the following table.
Dirac Feynman Means of
Mathematical Poems Cartoons and Diagrams Primary
Personality Seldom talks to anyone. Willing to join the crowd anywhere in the world. Favorite tools of research 4-by-4 matrices,
What they did
Their physics can be formulated within the framework of Wigner's representation theory.
The question is how to combine these the approaches made by these two physicicsts into one physics. Click here.
- Let us now see some photos I took when I was at the Jablonna Palace
- This is a photo of myself standing at the place where Dirac and Feynman attempted to talk each other.
- I am trying to imitate Dirac and Feynman at the same spot, but not
too well. Click here for the photo.
- The Jablonna Palace has its history. The Palace is now owned by the Polish academy of Science.
- The surrounding area is a quiet park, and you have to walk some distance to reach the main building from the bus stop.
- The front yard of the Palace. When I was there, movie crews were there taking photos.
- The backyard was a park.
another photo of the backyard.
- The floor of the main ball room. This room is now used for conference receptions and coffee breaks.
- The ceiling was very high, and this is the photo of the ceiling.
- One of the small conference rooms.
- The big conference room. This
is big enough for 30 or 40 participants, but not for more than 100 people.
- One of the decorative items. There are many more expensive items.
- Dining room in the basement.
- Entrance corridor with items to make you feel you are at special place.
Dirac, Infeld, and Fock (photo by Marek Holzman), contribution from Andrzej Trautman.
- For the Jablonna Conference of 1962,
was the principal organizer, Infeld is
a very important person to me. While reading his papers,
I got a pivotal idea
for formulating my own research program in physics.
- Iwo Bialnick-Birula was one of the younger organizers for this historic conference.
Andrzej Trautman presented his paper at this conference.
- He sent us this photo, containing images of Dirac, Infeld and Fock.
- Please send us more Jablonna photos!
I met Paul A. M. Dirac in 1962.