Electrical Papers

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A self-taught authority on electromagnetic theory, telegraphy and telephony, Oliver Heaviside (1850–1925) dedicated his adult life to the improvement of electrical technologies. Inspired by James Clerk Maxwell's field theory, he spent the 1880s presenting his ideas as a regular contributor to the weekly journal, The Electrician. The publication of Electrical Papers, a year after his election to the Royal Society in 1891, established his fame beyond the scientific community. An eccentric figure with an impish sense of humour, Heaviside's accessible style enabled him to educate an entire generation in the importance and application of electricity. In so doing he helped to establish that very British phenomenon, the garden-shed inventor. Combining articles on the electromagnetic wave surface and electromagnetic induction with notes on nomenclature and the self-induction of wires, Volume 2 serves as an excellent source for both electrical engineers and historians of science.

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31. On the electromagnetic wave-surface; 32. Notes on nomenclature; 33. Notes on the self-induction of wires; 34. On the use of the bridge as an induction balance; 35. Electromagnetic induction and its propagation (part 2); 36. Some notes on the theory of the telephone, and on hysteresis; 37. Electrostatic capacity of overground wires; 38. On the self-induction of wires W. H. Preece; 39. Notes on nomenclature; 40. On the self-induction of wires; 41. On telegraph and telephone circuits; 42. On resistance and conductance operators, and their derivatives, inductance and permittance, especially in connection with electric and magnetic energy; 43. On electromagnetic waves, especially in relation to the vorticity of the impressed forces; and the forced vibrations of electromagnetic systems; 44. The general solution of Maxwell's electromagnetic equations in a homogeneous isotropic medium, especially in regard to the derivation of special solutions, and the formulae for plane waves; 45. Lightning discharges, etc.; 46. Practice versus theory. Electromagnetic waves; 47. Electromagnetic waves, the propagation of potential, and the electromagnetic effects of a moving charge; 48. The mutual action of a pair of rational current-elements; 49. The inductance of unclosed conductive circuits; 50. On the electromagnetic effects due to the motion of electrification through a dielectric; 51. Deflection of an electromagnetic wave by motion of the medium; 52. On the forces, stresses, and fluxes of energy in the electromagnetic field; 53. The position of 4Π in electromagnetic units; Index.

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