The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell

The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell

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To introduce the physics and worldview of Maxwell (1831-79), Harman (history of science, Lancaster U.) pivots on the fundamental themes of analogy and geometry, models and mechanical explanation, statistical representation and the limitations of dynamical reasoning, and the relations between physical theory and its mathematical description. The account is based on his lecture series at the University of Amsterdam (no date noted). The 1998 edition was hard bound. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Examines James Clerk Maxwell, creator of the electromagnetic theory of light and kinetic theory of gases.
This book provides an introductory yet comprehensive account of James Clerk Maxwell's (1831-79) physics and world view. The argument is structured by a focus on the fundamental themes that shaped Maxwell's science: analogy and geometry, models and mechanical explanation, statistical representation and the limitations of dynamical reasoning, and the relation between physical theory and its mathematical description. This approach, which considers his physics as a whole, bridges the disjunction between Maxwell's greatest contributions: the concept of the electromagnetic field and the kinetic theory of gases. Maxwell's work and ideas are viewed historically in terms of his indebtedness to scientific and cultural traditions, of Edinburgh experimental physics, and of Cambridge mathematics and philosophy of science, which nurtured his career. Peter M. Harman is Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University. He has published primarily on the history of physics and natural philosophy in the 18th and 19th centuries, the period from Newton to Maxwell. His previous books include Energy, Force, and Matter (Cambridge, 1982), The Investigation of Difficult Things (Cambridge, 1992), After Newton: Essays on Natural Philosophy (Variorum, 1993), The Scientific Letters and Papers of James Clerk Maxwell, volume 1 (Cambridge, 1990), volume 2 (Cambridge, 1995).

Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
Description: xiv, 232 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780521005852
052100585X
Branch Call Number: 530.092 Max

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