Rodney A. Brooks was born in Syracuse, NY, in 1932. He attended the University of Florida and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in physics with Nobel laureate Norman Ramsey in 1963. At that time he was fortunate to learn Quantum Field Theory from its perfector, Nobel laureate Julian Schwinger, who had just published his five-paper series "The theory of quantized fields", in which matter fields are treated for the first time on an equal basis with force fields. After several years as a post-doc at Harvard, Brooks spent five years working on aerospace projects. Then in 1970 he changed to the field of medical research. This led to a 25-year career at the National Institutes of Health, where he published 124 refereed articles. Among his accomplishments was construction of the highest resolution PET scanner of its time, the "Neuro-PET". He also invented dual-energy computed tomography (US patent 4247774), a method which has now been incorporated into commercial scanners. As an... more
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Almost a hundred years ago a physics theory emerged known as quantum mechanics. From the beginning, quantum mechanics, a theory based on particles, was plagued with weirdness and mystery. A bit later quantum field theory was developed, describing a w... more
Physicists Edward Finn and Rodney Brooks take on the task of describing quantum field theory to laypersons without using any math. They describe the six basic quantum fields, and show how the field picture, and only the field picture, enables a true ... more
Dr. Rodney Brooks shows why the Higgs boson is a field, not a particle. To be more specific, the Higgs boson is a quantum of the Higgs field. In fact, the discovery of the Higgs boson is a final piece of evidence that validates quantum field theory, ... more
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