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The natural philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell

Author: P M Harman
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines James Clerk Maxwell, creator of the electromagnetic theory of light and kinetic theory of gases.

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: James Clerk Maxwell; James Clerk Maxwell; James Clerk Maxwell; James Clerk Maxwell; James Clerk Maxwell
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: P M Harman
ISBN: 0521561027 9780521561020
OCLC Number: 37443300
Description: xiv, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Maxwell and the history of physics --
Formative influences --
The scientific culture of Edinburgh --
Cambridge: the Mathematical Tripos --
Philosophical education: Edinburgh and Cambridge --
Edinburgh physics and Cambridge mathematics --
Casting light on colours --
On Saturn's rings --
Physics and metrology --
Physical and geometrical analogy --
The language of field theory: Faraday and Thomson --
Physical analogy and field theory --
Models and mechanisms --
Mechanics and molecules: the kinetic theory of gases --
Ether models: the electromagnetic theory of light --
Dynamical and statistical explanation --
The dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field --
Statistical physics --
The 'demon' and the second law of thermodynamics --
Geometry and physics --
Vectors: the geometry of field theory --
'Geometry of position': topology and projective geometry --
Physical reality: ether and matter --
Ether, field, and gravity --
Molecules --
Physics and metaphysics --
Matter and dynamics --
Materialism and determinism.
Responsibility: P.M. Harman.
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'By stressing the deep traditionalism of Maxwell's enterprise, Harman makes him a participant in a philosophical conversation about matter, motion and mind, well-established by the time of Newton and Read more...

 
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