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Andre-Marie Ampere: Enlightenment and Electrodynamics
     

Andre-Marie Ampere: Enlightenment and Electrodynamics

by James R. Hofmann, David Knight
 

ISBN-10: 0521566703

ISBN-13: 9780521566704

Pub. Date: 05/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this authoritative biography, James Hofmann examines the extraordinary life of André-Marie Ampère, who made original, significant contributions to mathematics and chemistry and is renowned for his new branch of physics - electrodynamics. A member of the Académie des Sciences, and professor at the École Polytechnique, his accomplishments are

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In this authoritative biography, James Hofmann examines the extraordinary life of André-Marie Ampère, who made original, significant contributions to mathematics and chemistry and is renowned for his new branch of physics - electrodynamics. A member of the Académie des Sciences, and professor at the École Polytechnique, his accomplishments are remarkable in view of his tragic personal life. One of the elite of early nineteenth-century Parisian science, yet having no formal education, he embraced the scientific optimism of the Enlightenment, and the Catholic faith. This combination of intellectual expectation and emotional spirituality made Ampère's genius both destructive and extraordinarily creative. This, the only biography available in the English language, illuminates the scientific contributions of an individual and his epoch, and provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the scientific mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521566704
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Science Biographies Series
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; General editor's preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Coming of Age (1775-1804): 1. Idyllic youth; 2. Marriage and provincial life (1800-1804); Part II. Paris (1804-1820): 3. Laplacian physics; 4. Ampère in Paris; 5. Metaphysics: Ampère, Kant and Maine de Biran; 6. Mathematics, chemistry and physics (1804-1820); Part III. Electrodynamics: 7. Ampère's response to the discovery of electromagnetism (1820); 8. Ampère's electrodynamics (1821-1822); 9. Defence and elaboration of the theory; Part IV. Closing Years: 10. The final synopsis; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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