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Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics Hardcover – March 11, 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616149426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616149420
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's just the best book of its kind I have ever read, and I just hugely enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down. [Their discovery] was a fabulous human achievement."
Charlie Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, on CNBC's "Squawk Box"

“Compelling. …A lively account of the men and their times and a brilliant exposition of the scientific circumstances and significance of their work.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“The life and science of these two giants of nineteenth-century physics is beautifully documented and narrated in this riveting book.”
Eric D’Hoker, Distinguished Professor of Physics, UCLA; past president, Aspen Center for Physics

“Perhaps the names of Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell aren’t as well known as Newton or Einstein, but they should be. The book traces their amazing collaboration.... But as equally fascinating as the tale of the discovery is that of the men behind it.... A fascinating true tale of the lives of two essential men of physics!” —AstroGuyz
 
“Blends science history and lively biography. …Accessible writing and a feel for character make this an interesting look at two scientists whose work defined an era and set the course for modern physics.”
Publishers Weekly

“Fans of biographies, as well as anyone interested in science and technology…will enjoy reading about these ‘two modest and genial men whose combined endeavors changed the world.’”
Library Journal

About the Author

Nancy Forbes is an experienced science writer with over twenty-five publications in the area of science and technology including Imitation of Life:  How Biology Is Inspiring Computing. She has also served as a contributing editor for The Industrial Physicist of the American Institute of Physics, and IEEE's Computing in Science and Engineering. Currently, she works for the US Department of Defense.

Basil Mahon is the author of The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell and Oliver Heaviside: Maverick Mastermind of Electricity, among other publications. With degrees in engineering and statistics, Mahon was formerly an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and until his retirement worked for the British Government Statistical Service.

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This is a very well written and enjoyable book.
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The two men were remarkable and the authors did a great job giving the reader a sense of their accomplishment and how it has impacted all of our lives.
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It is extraordinary that Great Britain produced so many great men in the 19th century.
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Combining two biographies, those of Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell, is a good device for telling the story of an era in science. The subjects' working lives span most of the 19th century. Though they came from different backgrounds, the two had quite a bit in common. They were incredibly hard-working. The authors go out of their way to tell how genuinely kind they were. They had a true knack for making friends and avoiding long-lasting enmities. The third virtue was of course incredible intelligence. But it seems hardly likely that Englishman of the 19th century alone her were more gifted than other populations and times. Something about that epoch allowed genius to flourish, to reveal itself fully. That epoch is the subject of this rather remarkable book.

Faraday was born as of a poor second generation blacksmith from the North Country. He had the good fortune to arrive in London at a time when the city was intellectually very alive. He could bounce between low-paying jobs giving people a chance to notice and take advantage of his talent. One of the most fortunate postings was as a book binder. The work was not mentally demanding, but it put young Faraday in contact with books. He loved to read, and quickly became quite well informed. It also put him in such with the customers for the books, some of whom took note of the young man's alertness and talents. It was not too long before he became an apprentice to the famous scientist Humphry Davy, who brought him along rather quickly

Among Faraday's attributes was being meticulous, faulting himself deeply when he failed to put out work of the quality he expected of himself. He was kind and generous, and extremely apologetic when he accidentally gave offense, as he did one a couple of occasions.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Dezerega on May 3, 2014
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I can't find the proper words to describe the emotions that were felt while reading the book. As an electrical engineer, I was familiar with the concepts behind the story. But learning how it was discovered, shows how great these men were. Maybe for the general reader, the book will not trigger these emotions. I always remember the joke among our classmates while we were studying Maxwell's theory: "And God said... Maxwell's equations... and there was light". I even have a t-shirt with that joke! It summarizes the beauty of these discoveries. The book made me want to travel in time to see first hand how these discoveries were made!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keith Aspinall on April 6, 2014
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The authors succeed at using the biographical details to describe the scientists manner of thinking, and in doing so convey perfectly the concepts that we know. A masterpiece on the initial development of electromagnetism!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Very Old Geezer on May 1, 2014
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The book is excellent. The writing is clear and thorough and covers a lot of background and side issues that are relevant to the narrative. I especially enjoyed the development of a broad picture of each of the scientists and their backgrounds. Many scientists other than Faraday and Maxwell who were involved in work on electricity and magnetism and the electromagnetic field are covered in detail. I especially enjoyed the book as an explanation of Faraday and Maxwell as a bridge between Newton and Einstein. The writers did a pretty good job of explaining the mental mechanical model/concept that Maxwell used as a starting point for his theory with its cells containing little rotating wheels intermeshed with one another. Their explanation of the vector analysis of the electromagnetic field is a bit turgid, and i had to revisit the concept of divergence and curl in one of my textbooks. Perhaps there is no easy way to cover this part of the understanding of Maxwell's equations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Gale on May 23, 2014
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This recently issued inexpensive hardback by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon (Prometheus Books) is a sheer delight. Anyone interested in the narrative history of magnetism and electromagnetic theory from Faraday to Einstein will find this adventure story in scientific exploration hard to put down.
Math-phobic readers need not be anxious. Anyone who boggles at vector calculus, tensors, or who thinks Curls are rice snacks or hairdressing features will find this largely biographical text lucid and scholarly in detail, while competently conveying essential meaning and significance without the need for a mathematical treatment. Well illustrated with the addition of a 1600 - 1905 chronology, detailed notes and a comprehensive index, this book is highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 14, 2014
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My opinion on this book more or less falls into line with the reviewers who have preceded me here. The authors give an excellent history of the development of electromagnetic theory during the 19th Century as viewed through the lives of its principal architects, Faraday and Maxwell, with a nod to the likes of Oliver Heaviside. The two men's personalities intertwine strongly with the scientific narrative, and the whole thing is well-crafted. The prose may become a bit dense for some when Maxwell's original mechanical metaphor for electromagnetism is discussed, but that little bump in the road lasts for but a page or two. Otherwise, the text can easily be handled by a teenager. A couple times the writing slips into the "yes, dear reader" mode, but that's about my only criticism. And excellent read, and in fact the kind of book that can be red meat for the interested high school or even junior high student.
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