HPS211 2013.02.5 Lecture Notes

2 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Toronto St. George
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Curtis Forbes

February 5, 2013 – Lecture Notes HPS211 The Maxwellian Revolution Maxwells system - Where magnetism comes from is not explained in his system - Fields - Did not offer an explanation of where magnetism or electricity came from but did present some possible explanations - Thought that some sort of ‘ether’ was behind the phenomena - Thought that light was electromagnetic waves Cambridge Mathematics - Became the most popular destination for schooling in Britain (Cambridge) - It became necessary to have a tutor at Cambridge - As coaching became the norm in the late 18 c it became more ad more difficult to separate the good students - The final exams at Cambridge started to rank students more in math to distinguish students - While traditionally the final exams would be held orally the ^ emphasis in math and the ^ in students led to exams being held on pen and paper - Very mathematical system, very difficult - This meant that graduates were very skilled at graduation Weber’s Program - Charges as point particles o So all electrical charges had to come from point particles o This included magnetic phenomena - Tried to find the properties of the electrically charged particles in their labs - Primary occupation was the measurement of constants - Many of their findings was actually incorporated into maxwell’s system - A benefit of this system was that unlike maxwell’s system it was consistent with
More Less

Related notes for HPS211H1

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.