Oliver Heaviside: the life, work, and times of an electrical by Paul J. Nahin

By Paul J. Nahin

"He used to be a guy who frequently used to be incapable of undertaking himself thoroughly within the most basic social interactions. His simply carrying on with contacts with ladies have been constrained to his mom, nieces, and housekeepers. He was once a guy who knew the facility of cash and wanted it, yet refused to paintings for it, who prefer to stay off the sweat of his family members and long-suffering buddies, whom he frequently insulted while they paid his bills." -- from the book

This, then, was once Oliver Heaviside, a pioneer of contemporary electric concept. Born right into a low social category of Victorian England, Heaviside made advances in arithmetic by way of introducing the operational calculus; in physics, the place he formulated the modern day expressions of Maxwell's legislation of electromagnetism; and in electric engineering, via his duplex equations. Now to be had in paperback with a brand new preface by means of the writer, this acclaimed biography will entice historians of know-how and technology, in addition to to scientists and engineers who desire to study extra approximately this outstanding man.

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Counterfactual” is meant to signify the hypothesis that history could have developed otherwise, “contrary to the facts” that really occurred. 27 Economic reasons, which in a certain sense are certainly also political, were becoming less an issue with the partial recovery of the economy in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, when the chances for mathematicians, who were “Aryan” by Nazi standard, gradually improved. 28 See particularly chapter 3 on early emigration. 29 But von Kármán’s relations with emigrants as documented in his rich archives at the California Institute of Technology are a crucial source also for the present book.

Lánczos and W. Romberg (see below) due to their contributions to numerical analysis. 6 Even less so, of course, are experimental or theoretical physicists included. For the difference between “theoretical” and “mathematical” physicists see Schweber (1986). There the name “mathematical physicist” is described, following some distinction introduced by E. U. Condon, as “a name that characterizes him by his tools rather than by his function” (p. 66). 7 The latter applies for instance to theoretical physicist Fritz London (1900–1954).

But Nelson’s Kantianism was—from the perspective of the Vienna Circle—still affected by metaphysical beliefs. See Peckhaus (1990). Incidentally, Gödel, with his Platonist views, was himself increasingly distant with the Vienna Circle. 4. 11 See Menger (1994) and Szaniawski, ed. (1989). 12 On the restriction of international contacts of German mathematicians after 1933 consult Behnke (1978) as an eyewitness report, and Siegmund-Schultze (2002). 13 See Epple (2004). 4 • Chapter 1 France. The latter fell under German rule between 1939 and 1940, and French mathematicians suffered various forms of expulsion.

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