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The correspondence of Michael Faraday

Author: Michael Faraday; Frank A J L James
Publisher: London : Institution of Electrical Engineers, ©1991-2012.
Series: History of technology series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Correspondence of Michael Faraday Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was one of the most important men of science in nineteenth century Britain. His discoveries of electro-magnetic rotations (1821) and electro-magnetic induction (1831) laid the foundations of the modern electrical industry. His discovery of the magneto-optical effect and diamagnetism (1845) led him to formulate the field theory of electro-magnetism,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
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Faraday, Michael, 1791-1867.
Correspondence of Michael Faraday.
London : Institution of Electrical Engineers, ©1991-<2008>
(OCoLC)624582781
Named Person: Michael Faraday; Michael Faraday; Michael Faraday
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Faraday; Frank A J L James
ISBN: 0863412483 9780863412486 0863412491 9780863412493 0863412505 9780863412509 0863412513 9780863412516 9780863418235 0863418236 9780863419577 0863419577
OCLC Number: 24750569
Notes: Volume 5 published by Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Publication date of v. 4 from label on title page verso.
Description: 6 volumes : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: v. 1. 1811-December 1831, letters 1-524 --
v. 2. 1832-December 1840, letters 525-1333 --
v. 3. 1841-December 1848, letters 1334-2145 --
v. 4. January 1849-October 1855, letters 2146-3032 --
v. 5. November 1855-October 1860, letters 3033-3873 --
v. 6. November 1860-August 1867, undated letters, additional letters for volumes 1-5, letters 3874-5053.
Series Title: History of technology series.
Other Titles: Correspondence
Responsibility: edited by Frank A.J.L. James.

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This volume of Faraday's correspondence with such luminaries as Brunel, Babbage and Schoenbein covers such diverse topics as terrestrial and atmospheric magnetism, the electrification of lighthouses,  Read more...

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