Einstein's Heroes: Faraday, Maxwell, and Electromagnetic Waves

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Einstein's Heroes: Faraday, Maxwell, and Electromagnetic Waves

Faraday was the great experimenter in the emerging field of electricity and magnetism, who found it convenient to express his findings in terms of “lines of force”, or fields. While many of his

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Faraday was the great experimenter in the emerging field of electricity and magnetism, who found it convenient to express his findings in terms of “lines of force”, or fields. While many of his contemporaries were less than impressed, the great theoretician Maxwell adapted and extended these ideas, and was able to show that light was an electromagnetic wave, as verified by Hertz. But his theory created new headaches, as Maxwell’s theory was incompatible with Newton (Einstein’s other hero). It took the genius of Einstein, with his Special Relativity, to restore some order to Science.