'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
Andre-Marie Ampere: Enlightenment and Electrodynamicsby James R. Hofmann, David Knight (Preface by)
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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