Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | December 18, 2010

byFrank A.J.L James

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Michael Faraday is one of the best known scientific figures of all time. Known as the discoverer of electro-magnetic induction, the principle behind the electric generator and transformer, he has frequently been portrayed as the 'father' of electrical engineering from whence much of hispopular fame derives. This Very Short Introduction dispels the myth that Faraday was an experimental genius working alone in his basement laboratory, making fundamental discoveries that were later applied by others. Instead, it portrays Faraday as a grand theorist of the physical world profoundly influencing laterphysicists such as Thomson (Kelvin), Maxwell, and Einstein. Frank A.J.L. James explores Faraday's life from his origins in eighteenth-century Westmorland and Yorkshire, his religious and scientific background, to the growth of his fame in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As well as introducing his scientific research, he also puts Faraday in thevarious institutional contexts in which he lived and worked, including the Royal Institution, the Royal Society, Trinity House, and other agencies of the state. James therefore provides a commentary on the rapidly changing place of science in nineteenth-century society, especially in regards to itsrole in government and the growth of a professional scientific community.

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Michael Faraday is one of the best known scientific figures of all time. Known as the discoverer of electro-magnetic induction, the principle behind the electric generator and transformer, he has frequently been portrayed as the 'father' of electrical engineering from whence much of hispopular fame derives. This Very Short Introduction...

Frank James is Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution. He studied history of science at Imperial College where he received his PhD on the development of spectroscopy in the nineteenth century. His main research is editing the Correspondence of Michael Faraday if which five volumes (out of six) have so far been pu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:December 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199574316

ISBN - 13:9780199574315

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Table of Contents

1. Beginnings2. A career in science3. Science and practice4. Electricity5. Magnetism, matter, and space6. Faraday as a celebrity7. Faraday in the 20th CenturyReferencesFurther Reading