Taking Charge

Michael Munowitz

in Knowing

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195167375
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787104 | DOI:
Taking Charge

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This chapter considers the other great domain of classical physics, the macroscopic and deterministic world of electric charge. Here, the four Maxwell equations unite electricity with magnetism and engender the electromagnetic wave as the fruit of the union. It will be the last stop before quantum mechanics undermines the certainty of the classical mechanical universe.

Keywords: electricity; electromagnetic waves; magnetism; Maxwell’s equations; waves

Chapter.  8154 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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