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The natural philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell

Author: Peter Michael Harman
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This scientific biography and introduction to James Clerk Maxwell's physics and philosophy amply shows how he made revolutionary advances in theoretical physics by combining a firm grasp of physical  Read more...

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Named Person: James Clerk Maxwell; James Clerk Maxwell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Michael Harman
ISBN: 0521561027 9780521561020 052100585X 9780521005852
OCLC Number: 716534808
Description: XIV, 232 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface; 1. Introduction: Maxwell and the history of physics; 2. Formative influences; 3. Edinburgh physics and Cambridge mathematics; 4. Physical and geometrical analogy; 5. Models and mechanisms; 6. Dynamical and statistical explanation; 7. Geometry and physics; 8. Physical reality: ether and matter; 9. Physics and metaphysics.
Responsibility: P.M. Harman.

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