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 edition 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 I covers electrostatics and electrokinematics.
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
Table of Contents
Preliminary. On the measurement of quantities
Part 1: Electrostatics
1. Description of phenomena
2. Elementary mathematical theory of electricity
3. On electrical work and energy in a system of conductors
4. General theorems
5. Mechanical action between two electrical systems
6. Points and lines of equilibrium
7. Forms of equipotential surfaces and lines of flow
8. Simple cases of electrification
9. Spherical harmonics
10. Confocal surfaces of the second degree
11. Theory of electric images
12. Conjugate functions in two dimensions
13. Electrostatic instruments
Part 2: Electrokinematics
1. The electric current
2. Conduction and resistance
3. Electromotive force between bodies in contact
4. Electrolysis
5. Electrolyte polarization
6. Mathematical theory of the distribution of electric currents
7. Conduction in three dimensions
8. Resistance and conductivity in three dimensions
9. Conduction through heterogeneous media
10. Conduction in dielectrics
11. Measurement of the electric resistance of conductors
12. Electric resistance of substances