Quantum electrodynamics is an essential building block and an integral part of the gauge theory of unified electromagnetic, weak, and strong interactions, the so-called standard model. Its failure or breakdown at some level would have a most profound impact on the theoretical foundations of elementary particle physics as a whole. Thus the validity of QED has been the subject of intense experimental tests over more than 40 years of its history. This volume presents an up-to-date review of high precision experimental tests of QED together with comprehensive discussion of required theoretical work.
"The Kinoshita volume provides a detailed account of the main theoretical and experimental advances in testing quantum electrodynamics during the last two decades ... This new collection, beautifully edited and annotated by Kinoshita ... a comprehensive technical and historical reference for the field." Stanley J Brodsky Physics Today, 1992