Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside: A Maverick of Electrical Science

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Oliver Heaviside (1850 -1925) was one of the great pioneers of electrical science: his work led to huge advances in communications and became the bedrock of the subject of electrical engineering as it is taught and practiced today. His ideas and original accomplishments are now so much a part of everyday electrical science that they are simply taken for granted; almost nobody wonders how they came about and Heaviside's name has been lost from view.
This book tells the complete story of this extraordinary though often unappreciated scientist. The author interweaves details of Heaviside's life and personality with clear explanations of his many important contributions to the field of electrical engineering. He describes a man with an irreverent sense of fun who cared nothing for social or mathematical conventions and lived a fiercely independent life.
His achievements include creating the mathematical tools that were to prove essential to the proper understanding and use of electricity, finding a way to rid telephone lines of the distortion that had stifled progress, and showing that electrical power doesn't flow in a wire but in the space alongside it.
At first his ideas were thought to be weird, even outrageous, and he had to battle long and hard to get them accepted. Yet by the end of his life he was awarded the first Faraday Medal.
This engrossing story will restore long-overdue recognition to a scientist whose achievements in many ways were as crucial to our modern age as those of Edison's and Tesla's.

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PRAISE FORFARADAY, MAXWELL, AND THE ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD
"[Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field is] just the best book of its kind I have ever read, and I just hugely enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down. [Their discovery] was a fabulous human achievement." --Charlie Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, on CNBC's "Squawk Box"
"Compelling. ...A lively account of the men and their times and a brilliant exposition of the scientific circumstances and significance of their work."
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"The life and science of these two giants of nineteenth-century physics is beautifully documented and narrated in this riveting book." --Eric D'Hoker, Distinguished Professor of Physics, UCLA; past president, Aspen Center for Physics
"Perhaps the names of Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell aren't as well known as Newton or Einstein, but they should be. The book traces their amazing collaboration.... But as equally fascinating as the tale of the discovery is that of the men behind it.... A fascinating true tale of the lives of two essential men of physics!" --AstroGuyz
"Blends science history and lively biography. ...Accessible writing and a feel for character make this an interesting look at two scientists whose work defined an era and set the course for modern physics." --Publishers Weekly
"Fans of biographies, as well as anyone interested in science and technology...will enjoy reading about these 'two modest and genial men whose combined endeavors changed the world.'" --Library Journal"

PRAISE FOR FARADAY, MAXWELL, AND THE ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD
-[Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field is] just the best book of its kind I have ever read, and I just hugely enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down. [Their discovery] was a fabulous human achievement.- --Charlie Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, on CNBC's -Squawk Box-
-Compelling. ...A lively account of the men and their times and a brilliant exposition of the scientific circumstances and significance of their work.-
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
-The life and science of these two giants of nineteenth-century physics is beautifully documented and narrated in this riveting book.- --Eric D'Hoker, Distinguished Professor of Physics, UCLA; past president, Aspen Center for Physics
-Perhaps the names of Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell aren't as well known as Newton or Einstein, but they should be. The book traces their amazing collaboration.... But as equally fascinating as the tale of the discovery is that of the men behind it.... A fascinating true tale of the lives of two essential men of physics!- --AstroGuyz
-Blends science history and lively biography. ...Accessible writing and a feel for character make this an interesting look at two scientists whose work defined an era and set the course for modern physics.- --Publishers Weekly
-Fans of biographies, as well as anyone interested in science and technology...will enjoy reading about these 'two modest and genial men whose combined endeavors changed the world.'- --Library Journal

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Basil Mahon is the author of The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell and Oliver Heaviside: Maverick Mastermind of Electricity. He is the coauthor (with Nancy Forbes) of Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field. With degrees in engineering and statistics, Mahon was formerly an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and until his retirement worked for the British Government Statistical Service.

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