The Maxwellians (Cornell History of Science) (Hardcover)

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The Maxwellians (Cornell History of Science) (Hardcover)


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James Clerk Maxwell published the Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism in 1873. At his death, six years later, his theory of the electromagnetic field was neither well understood nor widely accepted. By the mid-1890s, however, it was regarded as one of the most fundamental and fruitful of all physical theories. Bruce J. Hunt examines the joint work of a group of young British physicists--G. F. FitzGerald, Oliver Heaviside, and Oliver Lodge--along with a key German contributor, Heinrich Hertz. It was these "Maxwellians" who transformed the fertile but half-finished ideas presented in the Treatise into the concise and powerful system now known as "Maxwell's theory."

Bruce J. Hunt is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.
Product Details ISBN: 9780801426414
ISBN-10: 0801426413
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 1991
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Cornell History of Science