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- Author(s)Pierre Duhem
- PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
- Date of Publication09/10/2016
- GenreScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
- Series Part/Volume Number314
- Place of PublicationCham
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintSpringer International Publishing AG
- Content Note1 Illustrations, black and white; XV, 185 p. 1 illus.
- Weight320 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Translated byAlan Aversa
- Edition StatementSoftcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015
- Table Of ContentsChapter 1: Introduction.- PART I: THE ELECTROSTATICS OF MAXWELL.- Chapter 2: The fundamental properties of dielectrics. The doctrines of Faraday and Mossotti.- Chapter 3: The first electrostatics of Maxwell.- Chapter 4: The second electrostatics of Maxwell.- Chapter 5: The third electrostatics of Maxwell.- PART II: THE ELECTRODYNAMICS OF MAXWELL.- Chapter 6: Conduction current and displacement current.- Chapter 7: The six equations of Maxwell and electromagnetic energy.- Chapter 8: The electromagnetic theory of light.- Chapter 9: Conclusion.- References.- Index.
- Author BiographyPierre Maurice Marie Duhem (b. 1861)-an accomplished physicist, philosopher of physics, and historian of physics-ranked first in his class at the Ecole Normale Superieure, France's most prestigious university, and first on the national physics concours exam for agregation in 1885. In his third year at the Ecole Normale, he was the first student ever in France's grandes ecoles to present himself for the doctor's degree. The thesis, later reprinted as The Thermodynamic Potential and its Applications to Chemical Mechanics and to the Study of Electrical Phenomena, was rejected for political reasons. Undiscouraged, Duhem presented a second thesis, this time in mathematics, but on a similar theme, which the committee including Poincare and Tannery accepted: On Magnetization by Induction. Duhem's grand vision of subjecting all the branches physics-mechanics, chemistry, and even electromagnetism-to thermodynamic first-principles continued to permeate all his works until his death in 1916.
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