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The Maxwellians (Cornell History of Science)

Bruce J. Hunt


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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.

Cornell University Press, 9780801482342, 280pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2005

About the Author

Bruce J. Hunt is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.