Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics

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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

“If it is possible for a book about the electromagnetic field to be a 'page turner,' then this book is one! . . . This conceptual approach to what can be a daunting topic . . . makes the thinking of these great scientists accessible to all. I highly recommend this book for anyone with a passion for science.”

NSTA Recommends

“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!” 

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“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.’”

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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 Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and until his retirement worked for the British Government Statistical Service.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A fair account of two great physicists. I would have liked more effort spent ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon truly put something great together with this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glory of physics after Newton and before Einstein
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great review of the work of these two scientists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to enjoy at a leisurely pace.
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