André-Marie Ampère: Enlightenment and Electrodynamics

Portada
Cambridge University Press, 11 d’abr. 1996 - 406 pàgines
In this authoritative biography, James Hofmann examines the extraordinary life of André-Marie Ampère, who made original, significant contributions to mathematics and chemistry and is renowned for his new branch of physics - electrodynamics. A member of the Académie des Sciences, and professor at the École Polytechnique, his accomplishments are remarkable in view of his tragic personal life. One of the elite of early nineteenth-century Parisian science, yet having no formal education, he embraced the scientific optimism of the Enlightenment, and the Catholic faith. This combination of intellectual expectation and emotional spirituality made Ampère's genius both destructive and extraordinarily creative. This, the only biography available in the English language, illuminates the scientific contributions of an individual and his epoch, and provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the scientific mind.
 

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Continguts

Idyllic Youth
9
Marriage and Provincial Life 18001804
26
Paris 18041820
99
Laplacian Physics
101
Ampere in Paris
125
Metaphysics Ampere Kant and Maine de Biran
146
Mathematics Chemistry and Physics 18041820
167
Electrodynamics
227
Amperes Electrodynamics 18211822
267
Defense and Elaboration of the Theory
311
Closing Years
353
The Final Synopsis
355
Notes
370
Bibliography
386
Index
402
Copyright

Amperes Response to the Discovery of Electromagnetism 1820
229

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Sobre l'autor (1996)

David Knight is a writer. He lives in Colorado.

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