Joseph Larmor, the Electronic Theory of Matter, and the Principle of Relativity

in Masters of Theory

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780226873749
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226873763 | DOI:
Joseph Larmor, the Electronic Theory of Matter, and the Principle of Relativity

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This chapter aims to chart the emergence of a new economy of undergraduate and graduate mathematical studies and shows how this economy both shaped the research efforts of the most able wranglers and transmitted their accomplishments to subsequent generation of students. Cambridge pedagogy and mathematical knowledge generated at other sites. Maxwell prepared the ground for the introduction of electromagnetism in Cambridge by acting five times as a Tripos examiner, and by holding lectures and publishing a Senate-House treatise on the subject. It is important to enquire in what circumstances and by what routes mathematical knowledge generated beyond Cambridge sometimes found its way into graduate and undergraduate studies. This chapter shows how the building of a research school around his completed electrodynamics at the turn of the century was accomplished through the pedagogical mechanisms.

Keywords: Maxwell; mathematical studies; economy; relativity; Cambridge

Chapter.  17463 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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