Faraday’s Experimental Researches in Electricity: The First Series
A Science Classics Module for Humanities Studies
By Michael Faraday
Edited and with notes by Howard J. Fisher
7" x 10", 96 pages, biographical sketch and index
Publication date: July 2004.
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Michael Faraday (1791–1867) rose from an obscure bookbinding apprentice to become the pre-eminent scientific discoverer of his time. Throughout his life he conducted a series of brilliant forays into electricity, magnetism, chemistry, and light. Faraday is also among the most accessible of writers, recounting his researches not in the abstract symbols of analytic mathematics but in vivid, lucid, English prose.
In this volume, Faraday boldly explores a new relation between magnetism and electricity. As we follow his narrative we can both witness and participate in his thinking, his questioning, and his insights. Includes introductions, notes, and supplementary diagrams.
Faraday shows us his unsuccessful as well as his successful experiments, and his crude ideas as well as his developed ones, and the reader is tempted to believe that, if he had the opportunity, he too would be a discoverer. Every student should study Faraday for the cultivation of a scientific spirit.
— James Clerk Maxwell
- Green Cat Books imprint present classical readings in science in an affordable, modular format.
- Presents Faraday's discovery of electromagnetic induction in his own words.
- Includes introductions, notes, and supplementary diagrams.
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- Excerpt from the editor's introduction