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The Universal ForceGravity - Creator of Worlds$
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Louis Girifalco

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.001.0001

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The Universal Force

Louis A. Girifalco

Oxford University Press

The great achievements of the 19th century were the discovery of the laws of electricity and magnetism, and of the nature of light. Faraday was the greatest experimentalist of his age and provided the foundation for all the electromagnetism that is the root of modern technology. Maxwell extended Faraday's ideas and put all of electrodynamics in mathematical form. A surprising result fell out of his equations. Light was found to be a wave of electromagnetism! At last, the nature of light began to be understood.

Keywords:   Faraday, Maxwell, electricity, magnetism, electrodynamics, light

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