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Post by Cr6 on Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:34 am


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Post by LongtimeAirman on Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:08 pm

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Cr6, Thanks. I don’t foresee the free time. Still, the original works of Maxwell were on my list of books I intended to read. That particular copy is quite poor and damaged. Here’s another archive.org page with three different James Clerk Maxwell’s Matter and Motion copies to choose from. https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.47689

https://archive.org/search.php?query=J.+C.+Maxwell&sort=-publicdate
Did this search and came up with another favorite, (just 1078 pages).

A Treatise on Electricity & Magnetism
https://archive.org/details/ATreatiseOnElectricityMagnetism

Perhaps Maxwell’s original equations can be found inside! You know, the ones that were completely rewritten by Heaviside. Is that a true story or fake?

P.S. I think I have the answer. http://milesmathis.forumotion.com/t419-eric-p-dollard-s-introduction-to-dielectricity-capacitance-and-lone-pine-writings#3184. Heaviside eliminated Maxwell's tubular equations.
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Post by Cr6 on Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:30 pm

LongtimeAirman wrote:.
Cr6, Thanks. I don’t foresee the free time. Still, the original works of Maxwell were on my list of books I intended to read. That particular copy is quite poor and damaged. Here’s another archive.org page with three different James Clerk Maxwell’s Matter and Motion copies to choose from. https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.47689

https://archive.org/search.php?query=J.+C.+Maxwell&sort=-publicdate
Did this search and came up with another favorite, (just 1078 pages).

A Treatise on Electricity & Magnetism
https://archive.org/details/ATreatiseOnElectricityMagnetism

Perhaps Maxwell’s original equations can be found inside! You know, the ones that were completely rewritten by Heaviside. Is that a true story or fake?
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Yeah LTAM, I heard about the Maxwell and Heaviside rewrites.  Forgot about it though, I bet some photoshop image adjustments on the original scans might produce something? Found this which is interesting as well. Didn't know the depth of some of these old "battles"... :
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Maxwell's twenty equations, Oliver Heaviside, and a correction to the Journal Nature podcast


Indeed, arguably, the scientific establishment as a whole would have ridiculed Clerk Maxwell for his twenty equations unifying electromagnatism (Mahon reports that many scientists of the time privately thought Clerk Maxwell was going off the deep end), if it weren't for Clerk Maxwell's many other contributions to science.  Maxwell's equations did not make him famous--Maxwell already had a reputation for his many other contributions to science--his equations actually detracted from that reputation initially.  While the scientific establishment didn't overtly ridicule Clerk Maxwell as they did later, to Heaviside, they did pretty much ignore one of the greatest contributions to science ever, for a number of years.

   It is a good book. At times, it is a tad repetitious, but it is definitely worth a read if you're interested in the history of great men in electrical engineering.

   I picked up this book after reading another of the author's books on James Clerk Maxwell. This book on Heaviside is more interesting than the one on Clerk Maxwell, in some respects, because we learn more about the man. That man--Oliver Heaviside--is a very interesting character indeed (self-educated, wrote to an audience who did not yet exist, stubborn to his own detriment), whose contributions to the field of electrical engineering are under-appreciated by my generation, and those who follow.

   In comparison, the book on Clerk Maxwell was more tightly presented and edited, and is also a good book, even if we do not learn as much about the man.

   I give both books 4 stars, for different reasons, and these ratings are admittedly biased slightly by my appreciation of the subjects--though the author no doubt deserves most of the credit.

   In this book we learn that it was not just the creation/evolution controversy that produced great and cantankerous debates among learned men.  One of my favorite quips of all time (after Wilberforce's question to Huxley as to whether it was through Huxley's mother or father Huxley claimed descent from apes) is Heaviside's snarky rebuttal of Peter Guthrie Tait, during the great vector/quaternion debate. Tait, in defense of Quaternions, was very publicly belittling Heaviside's and Willard Gibbs' use of and work on a related but ultimately competing mathematical tool, vectors.

   Heaviside enjoyed a good argument as much as Tait, and referred to Tait as a "consummately profound metaphysicomathematian," and the quaternion as a "hermaphrodite monster." Heaviside also wrote:

       'Quarterion' was, I think, defined by an American schoolgirl to be 'an ancient religious ceremony'. This was, however, a complete mistake. The ancients--unlike Prof. Tait--knew not, and did not worship Quaternions.--Oliver Heaviside
   This last quote, I think, epitomizes Heaviside--pugnacious and cocksure yet correct and years ahead of his time.

http://sc.morganisms.net/2011/04/maxwells-twenty-equations-oliver-heaviside-and-a-correction-to-the-journal-nature-podcast/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Guthrie_Tait
An elementary treatise on quaternions - Peter Guthrie Tait
https://archive.org/details/117770257

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