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An excellent read,
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This review is from: Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics (Hardcover)
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.