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Maxwell's Mathematical Rhetoric : Rethinking the Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism,9781888009361

Maxwell's Mathematical Rhetoric : Rethinking the Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism

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9781888009361

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1888009365
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
7/1/2010
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Natl Book Network
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Summary

After many years of circulating in typescript form, this remarkable study by Thomas K. Simpson?a work long celebrated as something of an underground classic?is at long last available in a new edition worthy of its vision and depth. Green Lion Press is delighted to issue as a fine volume this work, the first major study of Maxwell's Treatise to take seriously the way Maxwell's presents his arguments. It is newly edited and presented in an attractive readable layout.

Table of Contents

The Green Lion's Preface xi
Editor's Note xii
Author's Preface to the Green Lion Edition xiii
Author's Preface (1968) xvii
The account of Faraday's Theory in the Treatise
Faraday's Thought on Electromagnetismp. 3
The nature of science for Faradayp. 4
Faraday's ultimate views on electromagnetismp. 19
The Translation of Faraday's Ideas before Maxwellp. 39
The "translation" of Faradayp. 39
The interpretation of "lines of force"p. 50
Magnetism and diamagnetisimp. 79
Interpretations of Faraday's electrostaticsp. 62
Thomson's analytic translations of Faraday's ideasp. 89
Maxwell's Initial Statement of Faraday's Electromagnetismp. 111
The "direct" and "indirect" methodsp. 111
The theory of magnetic shellsp. 114
Commentary on Chapter I of Part iv of the Treatisep. 118
Ampere's theory in the Treatisep. 141
Electromagnetic rotationsp. 162
Commentary on Chapter III of Part iv of the Treatisep. 175
Maxwell's Dynamical Theory of Electromagnetism
Maxwell's Exposition of the Lagrangian Equationsp. 201
Lagrangian theory in the Treatisep. 201
Thomson and Tait's derivation of Lagrange's equationsp. 207
Maxwell's exposition of Lagrangian theoryp. 213
The Meaning of "Dynamical Theory" for Maxwellp. 227
Physicsp. 227
Metaphysicsp. 241
The meaning of dynamical termsp. 265
Application of Dynamical Theory to Electromagnetismp. 271
The construction of the electromagnetic fieldp. 289
Completion of the dynamical theoryp. 300
Resume of the dynamical theoryp. 312
Conclusionp. 319
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 343
About the Authorp. 351
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