From Galvanism to Electrodynamics: The Transformation of German Physics and Its Social Context

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Kenneth Caneva, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Historians have long been aware that German science underwent a profound qualitative and quantitative transformation during the first half of the nineteenth century. This paper investigates the qualitative aspects of that change in a single field of study, electricity and mag netism. Because this area of physical research was more actively pur sued, and pursued by a greater number of individuals, than any other, it may reasonably serve as a first approximation to the state of affairs in other areas of physics as well. Only future research will indicate whether certain generalizations based on this study depend upon factors peculiar to research in electricity and magnetism.

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Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences
Language: English
Date: 1978
History, History of Science, German Physics

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