The Electric Life of Michael Faraday

Author: Alan Hirshfeld
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802718235
Category: Science
Page: 272
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Michael Faraday was one of the most gifted and intuitive experimentalists the world has ever seen. Born into poverty in 1791 and trained as a bookbinder, Faraday rose through the ranks of the scientific elite even though, at the time, science was restricted to the wealthy or well-connected. During a career that spanned more than four decades, Faraday laid the groundwork of our technological society-notably, inventing the electric generator and electric motor. He also developed theories about space, force, and light that Einstein called the "greatest alteration . . . in our conception of the structure of reality since the foundation of theoretical physics by Newton." The Electric Life of Michael Faraday dramatizes Faraday's passion for understanding the dynamics of nature. He manned the barricades against superstition and pseudoscience, and pressed for a scientifically literate populace years before science had been deemed worthy of common study. A friend of Charles Dickens and an inspiration to Thomas Edison, the deeply religious Faraday sought no financial gain from his discoveries, content to reveal God's presence through the design of nature. In The Electric Life of Michael Faraday, Alan Hirshfeld presents a portrait of an icon of science, making Faraday's most significant discoveries about electricity and magnetism readily understandable, and presenting his momentous contributions to the modern world.

The Philosopher's Tree

A Selection of Michael Faraday's Writings
Author: Peter Day
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780750305709
Category: Science
Page: 211
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Michael Faraday has a good case to be crowned as the greatest experimental scientist who ever lived. His discoveries in electrochemistry, electromagnetism, dia-and para-magnetism and above all the unification of the forces of nature, continue to provide the backdrop against which the physical sciences operate at the end of the 20th century. Yet his contribution was more than simply scientific discovery. He was a fervent advocate of better understanding of science by the population at large, an inspirational lecturer on science to young people, advisor to governments and, perhaps most importantly, a deeply moral and spiritual man, whose life was founded on strongly held beliefs about man, society and religion. This book brings together for the first time a comprehensive selection of his writings, taken from all aspects of his life, intimate and public. They show the relationships between his many activities, especially with the Royal Institution, for whose bicentenary this collection is published.

Michael Faraday, Father of Electronics

Author: Charles Ludwig
Publisher: Herald Press (VA)
ISBN: 9780836134797
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 207
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A fictionalized account of the British scientist's life contrasts his lack of formal education with his creation of such important inventions as the electric motor, the transformer, and the generator.

Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Frank A.J.L James
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199574316
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 162
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Known as the 'father' of electrical engineering, Michael Faraday is one of the best known scientific figures of all time. In this Very Short Introduction, Frank A.J.L James looks at Faraday's life and works, examining the institutional context in which he lived and worked, his scientific research, and his continuing legacy in science today.

Experimental-untersuchungen ber Elektricitt

Author: Michael Faraday
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781532844331
Page: 60
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Experimental-untersuchungen über Elektricität by Michael Faraday. This book is a reproduction of the original book published in 1903 and may have some imperfections such as marks or hand-written notes.

Eureka Man

The Life and Legacy of Archimedes
Author: Alan Hirshfeld
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802719799
Category: Science
Page: 256
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Many of us know little about Archimedes other than his "Eureka" exclamation upon discovering that he could immerse an object in a full tub of water and measure the spillage to determine the object's weight. That seemingly simple observation not only proved to King Hieron II of Syracuse that a certain amount of silver had been used in what was supposed to be his solid-gold crown, it established the key principles of buoyancy that govern the flotation of hot-air balloons, ships, and denizens of the sea. Archimedes had a profound impact on the development of mathematics and science: from square roots to irrigation devices; planetariums to the stability of ships; polyhedra to pulleys; number systems to levers; the value of pi to the size of the universe. Yet this same cerebral man developed machines of war so fearsome, they might have sprung from a devil's darkest imagination - indeed, weapons that held at bay the greatest army of antiquity. Ironically, Archimedes' reputation swelled to mythic proportions in the ancient world for his feats of engineering: the hand-cranked irrigation device, commonly known as "Archimedes' screw," and his ingenuous use of levers, pulleys, and ropes to pull, single-handedly, a fully laden ship! His treatises, rediscovered after a thousand years of collective amnesia in Europe, guided nascent thinkers out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. Indeed, Archimedes' cumulative record of achievement-both in breadth and sophistication-places him among the exalted ranks of Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein. Eureka Man brings to life for general readers the genius of Archimedes, offering succinct and understandable explanations of some of his more important discoveries and innovations.

How the Great Scientists Reasoned

The Scientific Method in Action
Author: Gary G. Tibbetts
Publisher: Newnes
ISBN: 012398498X
Category: Education
Page: 148
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The scientific method is one of the most basic and essential concepts across the sciences, ensuring that investigations are carried out with precision and thoroughness. This book teaches the basic modes of scientific thought, not by philosophical generalizations, but by illustrating in detail how great scientists from across the sciences solved problems using scientific reason.

Dictionary of Christianity and Science

The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science
Author: N.A
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310496063
Category: Religion
Page: 704
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The Dictionary of Christianity and Science provides, in one volume, entries on over 450 key terms, theories, individuals, movements, and debates at the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary science. In addition, because certain topics such as the age of the Earth and the historicity of Adam and Eve provoke disagreement among Christians, the dictionary includes “Counterpoints”-like essays that advocate for the views most commonly held among evangelicals. Representatives of leading perspectives present their arguments vigorously but respectfully in these advocacy essays, allowing readers to compare options and draw their own conclusions. The dictionary is also fully cross-referenced and entries include references and recommendation for further reading. Edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss, the Dictionary of Christianity and Science features a top-notch lineup of over 140 contributors in the fields of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, history, and various sciences. A unique reference work, it will be useful for scholars, pastors, students, and any Christian wanting to better understand the most relevant issues and ideas at the intersection of Christian faith and science.

The Life and Discoveries of Michael Faraday

Author: James Arnold Crowther
Publisher: Phillips Press
ISBN: 1443707465
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 72
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The Life And Discoveries Of Michael Faraday - By James Crowther - 1920 - CONTENTS. - CHAP. I. EARLY LIFE. 1791-1813 . . . . . . . . 5 Introduction-Childbood-Apprcnticeehip-Introduction to the Royal lnetitution. 11. SCIENTIFIC TRAINING. 1813-1831 . . . . . 15 Foreign tour-Assistant at the Royal Institution-Electromagnetic rotations - Marriage - Technical research - Liquefaction of gases - Faradays religion - Early honourr. The cost of research- Experimental Reseaches in Electri- city l - Faraday as a discoverer - Electromagnetic - induction -Identity of electricities from differtnt sources--laws of eltctrolysis--Origin of power in a voltaic ctll-Electrostatic induction- line of elecwic forcc-Faradap as a lecturer-Loss of health-lncidenta and events. iV. ELECTRICAL RESEARCHES SECOND PERIOD. - 1845.1855 - 54 Magnetic rotation of light-Magnetism of ordinary materials - magnacrystallic action - Laws of electomagnctic induction-Lines of magnetic fmc-Theoretical views -EIectromagnetic theory of light. Loss of memory-Last txperimenta-Faraday at Hampton Court-The better hop-The end. THE second quarter of the nineteenth century was a period of unprecedented activity in the world of science. The foundations of mechanics had indeed been laid by Newton and much of the building was complete the edifice of geometrical optics had been reared, though the companion structure of physical optics was scarce begun, Of the palace of electricity, however, even the site had hardly been surveyed, and the foundation stones...........

The Correspondence of Michael Faraday, Volume 2

Author: Michael Faraday,F. James
Publisher: IET
ISBN: 0863412491
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 864
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Michael Faraday was one of the most important scientists of the 19th century, helping to lay the foundations of the modern electricity industry. This second volume of his correspondence covers the 1830s, a period when Faraday pursued the consequences of his discovery of electromagnetic induction and revised the theories of electrochemistry and the nature of electricity. His correspondents include scientists, artists, politicians and military men.

Michael Faraday and the Electrical Century (Icon Science)

Author: Iwan Rhys Morus
Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 1785782681
Category: Science
Page: 114
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The only scientist to ever appear on the British twenty pound note, Michael Faraday is one of the most recognisable names in the history of science. Faraday's forte was electricity, a revolutionary force in nineteenth-century society. The electric telegraph had made mass-communication possible and inventors looked forward to the day when electricity would control all aspects of life. By the end of the century, this dream was well on its way to being realised. But what was Faraday's role in all this? How did his science come to have such an impact on the lives of the Victorians (and ultimately on us)? Iwan Morus tells the story of Faraday’s upbringing in London and his apprenticeship at the Royal Institution under the supervision of the flamboyant chemist, Sir Humphry Davy, all set against the backdrop of a vibrant scientific culture and an empire near the peak of its power.

The Contributions of Faraday and Maxwell to Electrical Science

Author: R. A. R. Tricker
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483227022
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 300
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The Contributions of Faraday and Maxwell to Electrical Science deals with the development of electromagnetic theory following the establishment of the basis for the first law of circulation relating to the magnetic fields generated by steady currents. This book is organized into two parts encompassing nine chapters that specifically treat the provision of the basis for the second law of circulation, the law that deals with the induction of currents, which was predominantly the work of British physicists, Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell. Part I highlights their life, career, and contributions in electrical science. This part emphasizes Faraday’s discovery of electromagnetic induction and Maxwell’s development of electromagnetic theory. Part II presents their experimental studies on electricity and magnetism. This book will prove useful to physicists, electrical scientists, and researchers in the allied fields.

Faraday: The Life (Text Only)

Author: James Hamilton
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007467559
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 496
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A major biography of Michael Faraday (1791–1867), one of the giants of 19th century science and discoverer of electricity who was at the centre of an extraordinary scientific renaissance in London.

Fields of Influence

Conjunctions of Artists and Scientists 1815-1860
Author: James Hamilton
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781902459103
Category: Art
Page: 174
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The distinction between 'Artist' and 'Scientist', so plain to our twenty-first-century eyes, had not fully evolved in the early and middle nineteenth century. In fact, it can be argued that there was barely a division at all, but a community of interchange and understanding, and palpable, constructive friendships between artists and 'natural philosophers', as scientists were called in the early nineteenth century.A central purpose of this book is to show something of the pattern of interchange between artists and scientists. From this starting point the contributors have tackled a fascinating range of subjects - the roots of Humphry Davy's visions and visionary writing; the strong scientific undertow in the paintings of John Martin; John Constable's knowledge of the Beaufort Scale at the time he painted his sky studies; the genesis of the portrait collections of learned societies in nineteenth-century London; and the work of Harriet Jane Moore, a shadowy figure in the worlds of art and science, but the painter of a unique series of watercolour interiors of Michael Faraday's laboratory at the Royal Institution.

The Complete Correspondence of Michael Faraday

Author: Michael Faraday
Publisher: Inst of Engineering & Technology
ISBN: 9781849191913
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 6
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"Michael Faraday's discoveries of electromagnetic rotation and electromagnetic induction laid the foundations of the modern electricity industry. These and a whole host of other fundamental discoveries in physics and chemistry, together with his lecturing at the Royal Institution, his work for the state, his religious beliefs and his lack of mathematical ability, make Faraday one of the most fascinating scientific figures ever. All these aspects of his life and work and others, such as his illnesses, are reflected in his correspondence."