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How was it that a man who had no formal education after the age of sixteen could apply operational calculus to technological problems in a way that other eminent mathematical physicists had not? Why was a charged layer of the ionosphere named after him? The best way to gain an insight into the life and work of this eccentric genius will be to delve into this delightful book.(International Journal of Electrical Engineering Educators)
A good book by a careful, historically minded engineer... A lively, informative narrative of Heaviside's life and work. Nahin has exhaustively resurveyed archives and contemporary sources and is very much at home in historical discussions of Victorian physics.(Isis)
Paul J. Nahin is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Time Machines, An Imaginary Tale and The Science of Radio.
A fascinating book - very interestingly written about a remarkable and unusual man.Published 5 months ago by Ronnie_Retro
Heaviside is an unsung hero of the Victorian Engineering era whose work is rarely recognized. Great credit to Nahin for this work. Read morePublished 10 months ago by honda guy
I have long been interested in the peculiarities and briiliance of Mr Heaviside but just recently got this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by swimdb
Whenever I see "Maxwell's equations" now I correct it to "Heaviside-Maxwell Equations." If challenged, I will ask my student how many Maxwell equations there were. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Puerto Ordaz
Oliver Heaviside is certainly one of the strangest figures in the history of physics. Caustic and anti-social, Heaviside came out of poverty and basically educated himself to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Daniel Putman
The Life, Work & Times of an Electrical Genius of the Victorian Age
By Paul J Nahin
Oliver Heaviside is, or should be, a legend. Read more
With all the gnashing of teeth and hysteria over climate change...it's interesting to take a trip back a hundred years and immerse one's self in the dramatic scientific tiffs of... Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by Ken Coffman