James Maxwell
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Philosophy of Nature
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Synopsis:
  • Electricity and magnetism are the same phenomenon
  • Electric bodies radiate invisible waves of energy through space (fields)
  • The number of coordinates needed to determine a wave is infinite
  • Mathematical relation between electric and magnetic fields (field equations)
  • Light is made up of electromagnetic waves
  • The electric field and electric charge density are related
  • The magnetic field lines must be closed loops (there are no magnetic monopoles)
  • The electric force is created by changes in the magnetic field
  • The magnetic force is created by changes in the electric field
  • Electric and magnetic fields behave like mechanical stresses in a solid medium
  • A solid medium must exist and pervade the whole universe (the "ether")
  • Light waves are waves in such a medium

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