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Maxwell on the Electromagnetic Field: A Guided Study
     

Maxwell on the Electromagnetic Field: A Guided Study

by Thomas Simpson, Anne Farrell
 

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ISBN-10: 0813523621

ISBN-13: 9780813523620

Pub. Date: 03/01/1997

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


first, if you already know a bit about Maxwell's Equations and you want to learn something of the ways in which Maxwell (and indirectly, Faraday) thought about the subject as they developed their ideas, this is a very good book. Secondly, for those, like me, with a poor "intuition" about E & M, I think the book will sharpen our vision in a way that

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first, if you already know a bit about Maxwell's Equations and you want to learn something of the ways in which Maxwell (and indirectly, Faraday) thought about the subject as they developed their ideas, this is a very good book. Secondly, for those, like me, with a poor "intuition" about E & M, I think the book will sharpen our vision in a way that contemporary texts may not. The book makes clear that Faraday and Maxwell certainly stumbled along the way, and got some wrong notions in their heads as they worked hard towards the truth. If you learn just from modern textbooks, you may get the false impression that the greats were infallible, and that you are somehow "foolish" if you either (a) just don't "see" it, or (b) waste your time trying to "see" it when "after all it's all about the mathematics anyway." Just watching Maxwell struggle to visualize what is going on gives me more courage in my efforts to visualize what is going on.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813523620
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Series:
Masterworks of Discovery Series
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.20(d)

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