From Obscurity to Enigma: The Work of Oliver Heaviside, 1872-1889 by Ido YavetzFrom Obscurity to Enigma: The Work of Oliver Heaviside, 1872-1889 by Ido Yavetz

From Obscurity to Enigma: The Work of Oliver Heaviside, 1872-1889

byIdo Yavetz

Paperback | June 18, 2011

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Oliver Heaviside's electromagnetic investigations - from the publication of his first electrical paper in 1972 to the public recognition awarded to him by Lord Kelvin in 1889 - have consistently attracted attention over the years, and of late have become a major source for the study of the development of field theory after Maxwell. "From Obscurity to Enigma" is the only comprehensive, in-depth analysis of Heaviside's work. It analyses and elucidates his brilliant but often close-to-indecipherable Electrical Papers and traces the evolution of his ideas against the background of growing knowledge in basic electromagnetic theory, telegraphy and telephony during these years. The book will be appreciated by historians of science and technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and by physicists and electrical engineers, many of whom are aware of Heaviside's contributions to their respective fields.
Ido Yavetz is a Professor at The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at the Tel Aviv University.
Title:From Obscurity to Enigma: The Work of Oliver Heaviside, 1872-1889Format:PaperbackDimensions:334 pagesPublished:June 18, 2011Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034801769

ISBN - 13:9783034801768


Table of Contents

I The Enigmatic Legacy of Oliver Heaviside.- II Outlining the Way.- III The Maxwellian Outlook.- IV From Obscurity to Enigma.- Appendix 3.1 Heaviside's Extended Theorem of Divergence.- Appendix 3.2 Unification of Electricity and Magnetism.- Appendix 3.3 Note on Heaviside's Derivation of the Mutual Energy of Two Current Systems.- Appendix 4.1 The KR Law and the Distortionless Condition.- Appendix 4.2 Notes on Heaviside's Operational Calculus.- Bibliography.- Index.