The Maxwellians

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Cornell University Press, 2005 - Science - 266 pages
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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."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
FitzGerald Lodge and Electromagnetic Waves
24
Heaviside the Telegrapher
48
Ether Models and the Vortex Sponge
73
Maxwell Redressed
108
Waves on Wires
129
Bath 1888
152
The Maxwellian Heyday
175
The Advent of the Electron
209
Epilogue
240
Abbreviations
249
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