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Creation of Scientific Effects Heinrich Hertz and Electric Waves

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ISBN-10: 0226078884

ISBN-13: 9780226078885

Edition: 1994

Authors: Jed Z. Buchwald

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This book is an attempt to reconstitute the tacit knowledge—the shared, unwritten assumptions, values, and understandings—that shapes the work of science. Jed Z. Buchwald uses as his focus the social and intellectual world of nineteenth-century German physics.Drawing on the lab notes, published papers, and unpublished manuscripts of Heinrich Hertz, Buchwald recreates Hertz's 1887 invention of a device that produced electromagnetic waves in wires. The invention itself was serendipitous and the device was quickly transformed, but Hertz's early experiments led to major innovations in electrodynamics. Buchwald explores the difficulty Hertz had in reconciling the theories of other physicists, including Hermann von Helmholtz and James Clerk Maxwell, and he considers the complex and often problematic connections between theory and experiment.In this first detailed scientific biography of Hertz and his scientific community, Buchwald demonstrates that tacit knowledge can be recovered so that we can begin to identify the unspoken rules that govern scientific practice.
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Book details

List price: $63.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Jed Z. Buchwald is Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at California Institute of Technology. He was previously director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at Massachusets Institute of Technology.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction: Heinrich Hertz, Maker of Effects
In Helmholtz's Laboratory
Forms of Electrodynamics
Realizing Potentials in the Laboratory
Information Direct from Nature
A Budding Career
Devices for Induction
Hertz's Early Exploration of Helmholtz's Concepts
Berlin's Golden Boy
Rotating Spheres
Elastic Interactions
Specific Powers in the Laboratory
The Cathode Ray as a Vehicle for Success
Studying Books
Frustration
Hertz's Argument
Assumption X
Electric Waves
A Novel Device
How the Resonator Became an Electric Probe
Electric Propagation Produced
Electric Waves Manipulated
Conclusion: Restraint and Reconstruction
Waveguides and Radiators in Maxwellian Electrodynamics
Helmholtz's Derivation of the Forces from a Potential
Helmholtz's Energy Argument
Polarization Currents and Experiment
Convection in Helmholtz's Electrodynamics
Instability in the Fechner-Weber Theory
Hertz's First Use of the General Helmholtz Equations
Hertz on the Induction of Polarization by Motion
Hertz on Relatively Moving, Charged Conductors
Elastic Bodies Pressed Together
Evaporation's Theoretical Limits
Hertz's Model for Geissler-Tube Discharge
Propagation in Helmholtz's Electrodynamics
Forces in Hertz's Early Experiments
Hertz's Quasi Field Theory for Narrow Cylindrical Wires
Considerations regarding the Possible Background to Helmholtz's New Physics
Poincare and Bertrand
Difficulties with Charge and Polarization
Notes
Bibliography
Index