Overview

The following are the four condensed Maxwell equations:

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where

In 2004, American science historian Robert Crease, stimulated by Graham Farmelo’s 2002 eleven equation list, wrote an article in

Quotes

The following are related quotes:

“Was it a god that wrotethese signs, revealing the hidden and mysterious forces of nature around me, which fill my heart with quiet joy?”— Ludwig Boltzmann (1893), commentary (Ѻ) on Maxwell’s equations; inspired by opening monologue of Goethe’sFaust

“I saw that it was great, greater and greatest, with prodigious possibilities in its power. I was determined to master the book and set to work … It took me several years before I could understand as much as I possibly could. Then I set Maxwell aside and followed my own course. And I progressed much more quickly”— Oliver Heaviside (1918), person who condense Maxwell’s equations with 20 variables down to just two equations in two variables

References

1. (a) Farmelo, Graham. (2002).

(b) Crease, Robert P. (2004). “The Greatest Equations Ever: What Makes a Great Equation? Robert Crease seeks your Candidates and Criteria”,

2. (a) Crease, Robert P. (2004). “The Greatest Equations Ever: Maxwell’s equations of Electromagnetism and Euler equation top a Poll to find the Greatest Equations of All Time” (abstract),

(b) Crease, Robert P. (2008).

External links

● Maxwell’s equations – Wikipedia.