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KnowingThe Nature of Physical Law$
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Michael Munowitz

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.001.0001

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Taking Charge

Taking Charge

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(p.132) 6 Taking Charge
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Knowing
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Michael Munowitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0006

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

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