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Oliver Heaviside The Life, Work, and Times of an Electrical Genius of the Victorian Age by Paul J. (University of New Hampshire) Nahin

Oliver Heaviside The Life, Work, and Times of an Electrical Genius of the Victorian Age


Oliver Heaviside The Life, Work, and Times of an Electrical Genius of the Victorian Age by Paul J. (University of New Hampshire) Nahin

He was a man who often was incapable of conducting himself properly in the most elementary social interactions. His only continuing contacts with women were limited to his mother, nieces, and housekeepers. He was a man who knew the power of money and desired it, but refused to work for it, preferring to live off the sweat of his family and long-suffering friends, whom he often insulted even as they paid his bills. -from the bookThis, then, was Oliver Heaviside, a pioneer of modern electrical theory. Born into a low social class of Victorian England, Heaviside made advances in mathematics by introducing the operational calculus; in physics, where he formulated the modern-day expressions of Maxwell's Laws of electromagnetism; and in electrical engineering, through his duplex equations. Now available in paperback with a new preface by the author, this acclaimed biography will appeal to historians of technology and science, as well as to scientists and engineers who wish to learn more about this remarkable man.


How was it that a man who had no formal education after the age of sixteen could apply operational calculus to technological problems in a way that other eminent mathematical physicists had not? Why was a charged layer of the ionosphere named after him? The best way to gain an insight into the life and work of this eccentric genius will be to delve into this delightful book. * International Journal of Electrical Engineering Educators * A good book by a careful, historically minded engineer... A lively, informative narrative of Heaviside's life and work. Nahin has exhaustively resurveyed archives and contemporary sources and is very much at home in historical discussions of Victorian physics. * Isis *

About the Author

Paul J. Nahin is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Time Machines, An Imaginary Tale and The Science of Radio.

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Publication date

9th October 2002


Paul J. (University of New Hampshire) Nahin

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Johns Hopkins University Press


360 pages


Biography: general
History of science



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