Synopses & Reviews
Described by Einstein as "the most important event in physics since Newton's time," the discovery by James Clerk Maxwell that a vast array of phenomena could be united by four elegant formulas remains one of the greatest successes of modern physics. This book, based on the third originally published in 1891, presents the original work which underpins the electronic revolution in the 20th century and which inspired both Lorentz's theories on the electron and Einstein's theory of relativity. Volume II covers magnetism and electromagnetism.
Review
"If your library does not have copies of the original editions, you should certainly ask them to consider getting these...and you may want one or two for yourself!" MAA Online, April 1999
Synopsis
This treatise details Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism which underpins much of modern physics. This volume contains Parts III and IV of the treatise dealing respectively with magnetism and with electromagnetism itself.
Table of Contents
Part 3: Magnetism 1. Elementary theory of magnetism
2. Magnetic force and magnetic induction
3. Magnetic solenoids and shells
4. Induced magnetization
5. Particular problems in magnetic induction
6. Weber's theory of induced magnetism
7. Magnetic measurements
8. On terrestrial magnetism
Part 4: Electromagnetism
1. Electromagnetic force
2. Ampères investigation of the mutual action of electric currents
3. On the induction of electric currents
4. On the induction of a current on itself
5. On the equations of motion of a connected system
6. Dynamical theory of electromagnetism
7. Theory of electric circuits
8. Exploration of the field by means of the secondary circuit
9. General equations of the electromagnetic field
10. Dimension of electric units
11. On energy and stress in the electromagnetic field
12. Current-sheets
13. Parallel currents
14. Circular currents
15. Electromagnetic instruments
16. Electromagnetic observations
17. Comparison of coils
18. Electromagnetic unit of resistance
19. Comparison of the electrostatic with the electromagnetic units
22. Electromagnetic theory of light
21. Magnetic action on light
22. Ferromagnetism and diamagnetism explained by molecular currents
23. Theories of action at a distance