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The Forces of Matter (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – December 17, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Physics
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486474828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486474823
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

English chemist, physicist, and natural philosopher Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
ranks among the world's greatest experimental philosophers and popularizers of science. Faraday conducted the experiments that made electricity viable for technological use.

Michael Faraday: An Electric Personality
A major figure in nineteenth-century science, Michael Faraday (1791–1867) made immense contributions to the study of electricity and magnetism, discovering the laws of electromagnetic induction and electrolysis. His experiments are the foundation of subsequent electromagnetic technology. He also had a sense of humor. When the Prime Minister of England William Gladstone asked Faraday what the usefulness of electricity would be, Faraday famously replied, "Why, Sir, there is every possibility that you will soon be able to tax it!" In addition to being a great experimenter, Faraday had the gift of exposition for a popular audience, as seen in the books which Dover has reprinted, The Forces of Matter (2010), Experimental Researches in Electricity (2004), and perhaps his most famous single book for the general reader, The Chemical History of a Candle (2003).

It is reliably reported that Einstein had a photograph of Faraday on the wall of his study alongside portraits of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell.

In the Author's Own Words:
"The world little knows how many of the thoughts and theories which have passed through the mind of a scientific investigator have been crushed in silence and secrecy by his own severe criticism and adverse examination: that in the most successful instances not a tenth of the suggestions, the hopes, the wishes, the preliminary conclusions have been realized." — Michael Faraday


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Turner on May 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was written for children. It gives an interesting insight into the way Michael Faraday viewed forces (or powers)as he covers his views on gravity,chemical cohesion, heat, electricty and magnetism.
You won't learn any modern science, but it is fascinating to see how science was viewed pre-1867, the date of his death. The book was apparently first published in 1910 so it must have had a relevant message even then.
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As far as i have seen, this book has some lectures that Faraday had, and is always a pleasure to me reading Faraday. For me, he's a way of giving those lectures really attractive, and it has all the drawings needed, plus it has nice font on it, and it's cheap enough i could afford it, in the other hand it has few pages.
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19 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
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This is very well written and the explanations are very clear. Certainly a true classic. This book will appeal to both the layman and the technically inclined.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Amati on June 10, 2007
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If you like history,then you will love this book! Faraday was a genius in his own time.Amazing how relevent he would be today.
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