Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

How Two Men Revolutionized Physics

Book - 2014
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Describes how Faraday and Maxwell discovered the electromagnetic field and devised a radical new theory which overturned the strictly mechanical view of the world that had prevailed since Newton's time.
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781616149420
Branch Call Number: 537 FORBE
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mahon, Basil

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SeattleSaul
Sep 30, 2016

A first-rate science book written at the educated adult level. The authors explain what was known about electricity and magnetism and how experimentation plus formalization of the results mathematically led to all the electronic marvels we take for granted today and formed a platform for Einstein to create his theories upon. Told in clear language and not afraid to show a few of the famous equations—and even make them understandable to the layperson with analogies and pictures—without “dumbing down” anything.

I enthusiastically recommend it to anybody wanting to learn how real science works, and at the same time as an entertaining drama with a group of intellectual giants vying to find out the answers to some of nature’s mysteries first.

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StarGladiator
Oct 17, 2015

Along with historian, Jill Jonnes' remarkable and extraordinary book, Empires of Light, this remarkable achievement by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon epitomizes the top rung of scientific-historical-biographical writing --- truly outstanding!
I believe it is because these three authors capture the intellectual nuances so neglected by others who have written of these genius types and persevering pioneers of the deepest thought! Plus they tell their stories with unfailing emotional sensitivity.
Fantastic take on Faraday, Maxwell and stunningly of all, The Big E [electromagnetism]!

ChristchurchLib Jun 16, 2014

"In 1813, blacksmith's son Michael Faraday abandoned a career as a bookbinder to study the little-understood phenomenon of electricity. Although his tireless efforts led to the development of the first electric motor and generator, as well as the idea of the electromagnetic field (in which electricity and magnetism travel as waves), few took him seriously until James Clerk Maxwell, a Scottish mathematician and physicist, formulated a set of equations to describe Faraday's theories. In this thought-provoking dual biography, science writers Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon explore the lives of two influential men of science as well as their enduring legacy." Nature and Science June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/eaa85527-59b9-4794-85a8-16a62e26054a?postId=f3c1543b-4239-4258-a283-3e26e8d3608f

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