Experimental Researches in Electricity

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Experimental Researches in Electricity, first published in three volumes between 1839 and 1855, Faraday discusses the inquiries that led to his development of the first dynamo (the precursor of modern dynamos and generators), and his establishment of the foundations of classical field theory. His descriptions contain scarcely a hint of mathematics and he relates the progress of his experiments in direct, clear language. Using the primitive tools available to him in his time, in conjunction with his great imaginative gifts, Faraday explains how he arrived at his profound conclusions with stunning simplicity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781407789026
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Faraday: An Electric Personality
A major figure in nineteenth-century science, Michael Faraday (1791–1867) made immense contributions to the study of electricity and magnetism, discovering the laws of electromagnetic induction and electrolysis. His experiments are the foundation of subsequent electromagnetic technology. He also had a sense of humor. When the Prime Minister of England William Gladstone asked Faraday what the usefulness of electricity would be, Faraday famously replied, "Why, Sir, there is every possibility that you will soon be able to tax it!" In addition to being a great experimenter, Faraday had the gift of exposition for a popular audience, as seen in the books which Dover has reprinted, The Forces of Matter (2010), Experimental Researches in Electricity (2004), and perhaps his most famous single book for the general reader, The Chemical History of a Candle (2003).

It is reliably reported that Einstein had a photograph of Faraday on the wall of his study alongside portraits of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell.

In the Author's Own Words:
"The world little knows how many of the thoughts and theories which have passed through the mind of a scientific investigator have been crushed in silence and secrecy by his own severe criticism and adverse examination: that in the most successful instances not a tenth of the suggestions, the hopes, the wishes, the preliminary conclusions have been realized." — Michael Faraday

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Biographical Note vii
1. Identity of Electricities from Different Sources 1
i. Voltaic Electricity 3
ii. Ordinary Electricity 7
iii. Magneto-Electricity 22
iv. Thermo-Electricity 24
v. Animal Electricity 24
2. Relation by Measure of Common and Voltaic Electricity 27
3. New Law of Electric Conduction 32
4. On Conducting Power generally 41
5. Electro-chemical Decomposition 47
i. New Conditions of Electro-chemical Decomposition 48
ii. Influence of Water in such Decomposition 54
iii. Theory of Electro-chemical Decomposition 55
6. Power of Platina, etc., to induce Combination 84
5. Electro-chemical Decomposition--Continued (Nomenclature) 111
iv. Some General Conditions of Electro-chemical Decomposition 115
v. Volta-electrometer 122
vi. Primary and Secondary Results 133
vii. Definite Nature and Extent of Electrochemical Forces 145
7. Absolute Quantity of Electricity in the Molecules of Matter 163
8. Electricity of the Voltaic Pile 172
i. Simple Voltaic Circles 172
ii. Electrolytic Intensity 203
iii. Associated Voltaic Circles; or Battery 211
iv. Resistance of an Electrolyte to Decomposition 218
v. General Remarks on the Active Battery 226
9. On the Source of Power in the Voltaic Pile 232
i. Exciting Electrolytes being Good Conductors 238
ii. Inactive Conducting Circles containing an Electrolyte 241
iii. Active Circles containing Sulphuret of Potassium 259
9. On the Source of Power in the Voltaic Pile--Continued 271
iv. The Exciting Chemical Force affected by Temperature 271
v. The Exciting Chemical Force affected by Dilution 284
vi. Differences in the Order of the Metallic Elements of Voltaic Circles 295
vii. Active Voltaic Circles and Batteries without Metallic Contact 298
viii. Considerations of the Sufficiency of Chemical Action 302
ix. Thermo-electric Evidence 308
x. Improbable Nature of the Assumed Contact Force 312
On a Peculiar Voltaic Condition of Iron (Schoenbein) 317
On a Peculiar Voltaic Condition of Iron (Faraday) 321
Index 333
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