Originally apprenticed to a bookbinder, Michael Faraday (1791–1867) began to attend Sir Humphrey Davy's chemistry lectures purely out of interest. Although he soon recognised that science would be his vocation, there was no defined career path to follow, and when he applied to Davy for work he was gently told to 'attend to the bookbinding'. It was only after a laboratory explosion in which Davy partially lost his sight that Faraday was taken on as his amanuensis. From this difficult beginning stemmed perhaps the most famous scientific career of the nineteenth century. This three-volume collection of Faraday's papers, originally published between 1839 and 1855, provides a comprehensive record of a key branch of his work. Volume 1 covers his early work in electricity and magnetism. Volume 2 includes work on the illusions caused by lightning, and Volume 3 includes his landmark paper on the effect of magnetism on light.
Table of ContentsVolume 1: 1. Induction of electric currents; 2. Terrestrial magneto-electric induction; 3. Identity of electricities from different sources; 4. New law of electric conduction; 5. Electro-chemical decomposition; 6. Power of platina, etc. to induce combination; 7. Electro-chemical decomposition continued; 8. Electricity of the voltaic pile; 9. Induction of a current on itself; 10. Improved voltaic battery; 11. On static induction; 12. Conduction or conductive discharge; 13. Disruptive discharge as glow; 14. Nature of the electric force or forces. Volume 2: 15. On the character and direction of the electric force of the Gymnotus; 16. On the source of power in the voltaic pile; 17. The exciting chemical force affected by temperature; 18. On the electricity evolved by the friction of water and steam against other bodies. Volume 3: 19. On the magnetization of light and the illumination of magnetic lines of force; 20. On new magnetic actions, and on the magnetic condition of all matter; 21. Action of magnets on the magnetic metals and their compounds; 22. On the crystalline polarity of bismuth; 23. On the polar or other condition of diamagnetic bodies; 24. On the possible relation of gravity to electricity; 25. On the magnetic and diamagnetic condition of bodies; 26. Magnetic conduction power; 27. Experimental enquiry into the laws of atmospheric magnetic action; 28. On lines of magnetic force; 29. On the employment of the induced magneto-electric current as a test and measure of magnetic forces.