Andre-Marie Ampere: Enlightenment and Electrodynamics

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In this authoritative, absorbing biography of Andre-Marie Ampere, James Hofmann examines the extraordinary life of a man who made original and significant contributions to mathematics and chemistry and who is renowned for creating a new branch of physics - electrodynamics. Ampere's accomplishments are remarkable in view of the tumultuous and often tragic events that punctuated his personal life: the death of his father by guillotine during the French Revolution; the early death of his beloved first wife and a ...
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In this authoritative, absorbing biography of Andre-Marie Ampere, James Hofmann examines the extraordinary life of a man who made original and significant contributions to mathematics and chemistry and who is renowned for creating a new branch of physics - electrodynamics. Ampere's accomplishments are remarkable in view of the tumultuous and often tragic events that punctuated his personal life: the death of his father by guillotine during the French Revolution; the early death of his beloved first wife and a brief and disastrous second marriage. With no formal education, Ampere was encouraged by a caring and protective family circle to embrace both the optimistic scientific outlook of the Enlightenment and a devotion to the Catholic faith. It was this combination of intellectual expectation and emotional spirituality that made Ampere's genius both destructive and extraordinarily creative. This biography of Andre-Marie Ampere, the only one available in the English language, illuminates tire scientific contributions of an individual and his epoch, and provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the scientific mind.
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'… a thorough and scholarly biography.' David Cahan, Nature

'André-Marie Ampère: Englightenment and Electrodynamics gives an accessible and readable account of Ampère's work and its context in which Hofmann's great enthusiasm for his subject is clearly communicated … the book is to be warmly welcomed.' C. L. Dowland-Pillinger, Ambix

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521562201
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/1996
  • Series: Science Biographies Series
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I Coming of Age (1775-1804) 5
1 Idyllic Youth 7
2 Marriage and Provincial Life (1800-1804) 24
Pt. II Paris (1804-1820) 97
3 Laplacian Physics 99
4 Ampere in Paris 123
5 Metaphysics: Ampere, Kant, and Maine de Biran 144
6 Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics (1804-1820) 165
Pt. III Electrodynamics 225
7 Ampere's Response to the Discovery of Electromagnetism (1820) 227
8 Ampere's Electrodynamics (1821-1822) 265
9 Defense and Elaboration of the Theory 309
Pt. IV Closing Years 351
10 The Final Synopsis 353
Notes 368
Bibliography 384
Index 400
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