Electricity and Magnetism: A Historical Perspective

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - 165 pàgines
All students of physics need to understand the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism. E&M is central to the study of physics, and central to understanding the developments of the last two hundred years of not just science, but technology and society in general. But the core of electricity and magnetism can be difficult to understand - many of the ideas are counterintuitive and difficult to appreciate. This volume in the Greenwood Guides to Great Ideas in Science series traces the central concepts of electricity and magnetism from the ancient past to the present day, enabling students to develop a deeper understanding of how the science arose as it has. In addition, Electricity and Magnetism: A Historical Perspective supports curriculum guidelines that stress student understanding of the history and nature of the scientific enterprise. The volume examines the work of many of the most important scientists of the past: BL Benjamin Franklin and his fluid theory of electricity BLJames Clerk Maxwell and the development of the theory of electromagnetism BLAlbert Einstein and his special theory of relativity, which arose from debates over Maxwell's theory Electricity and Magnetism also examines the importance of the scientific research to modern technology - radio and television, computers, and light and power. Jargon and mathematics is kept to a minimum, and the volume includes a timeline and an annotated bibliography of useful print and online works for further research.Electricity and Magnetism is an ideal introduction for students studying physics and technology and who need to understand the history and nature of the scientific enterprise.
 

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Continguts

Early Investigations
1
The Emergence of Systematic Theory
7
Electrical Conduction
19
Electrostatic Phenomena
29
From Effluvia to Fluids
35
The Science of Galvanism
49
The Current and the Needle
63
Forces and Fields
75
Electromagnetic Waves
105
Charged Particles of Matter
117
The Atom and the New Physics of the Twentieth Century
129
Timeline
137
Glossary
145
Bibliography
153
Index
159
Copyright

The Science of Electromagnetism
93

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Sobre l'autor (2007)

Brian Baigrie is Associate Professor in the Institute for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of many articles in history and philosophy of science, and has edited Scientific Revolutions: Primary Texts in the History of Science, History of Modern Science and Mathematics, and Life Scientists of the Twentieth Century.

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