RICHARD P. FEYNMAN'S SIGNED COPY OF FEYNMAN & HIBBS, "QUANTUM MECHANICS & PATH INTEGRALS," 1965
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- Quantum Mechanics & Path Integrals. New York: McGraw Hill, 1965.
8vo. 365 pp. Publisher's mustard cloth with green spine-label, lettered in silver. Spine & extremities rubbed. Original price of $18.50 stamped to front fly-leaf.
FIRST EDITION, FEYNMAN'S OWN COPY, SIGNED BY HIM ON FLYLEAF "RICHARD P. FEYNMAN/ 2475 BOULDER RD./ ALTADENA, CALIF. 91001./ 797-1262." The only book signed by Feynman in his library that he also authored. The textbook published by Feynman and his former graduate student and dear friend Al Hibbs, based on Feynman's teaching of graduate-level quantum mechanics courses at Caltech. Feynman developed his unconventional path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics while still a graduate student himself, and often used the method while teaching graduate courses in quantum mechanics at Caltech. McGraw Hill publishing company had approached Feynman about publishing a textbook on the subject, but Feynman, who hated the process of publishing his work, declined to do so. It was only at the urging of Hibbs that Feynman changed his mind, and only because Hibbs promised to do handle all of the burdensome details. Hibbs was a noted mathematician who was known the world over as "The Voice of JPL," the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Hibbs transcribed and edited Feynman's lectures in quantum electrodynamics, and in 1967, was chosen to be an astronaut on the cancelled Apollo 25 lunar mission.