By Edmund T. Whittaker
Particular, debatable, and often stated, this survey bargains hugely special debts about the improvement of rules and theories in regards to the nature of electrical energy and area (aether). with ease obtainable to basic readers in addition to highschool scholars, lecturers, and undergraduates, it comprises a lot details unavailable elsewhere.
This single-volume version contains either The Classical Theories and the fashionable Theories, that have been initially released individually. the 1st quantity covers the theories of classical physics from the age of the Greek philosophers to the overdue nineteenth century. the second one quantity chronicles discoveries that ended in the advances of contemporary physics, concentrating on exact relativity, quantum theories, normal relativity, matrix mechanics, and wave mechanics. famous historian of technological know-how I. Bernard Cohen, who reviewed those books for Scientific American, saw, "I be aware of of no different background of electrical energy that's as sound as Whittaker's. All those that have discovered stimulation from his works will learn this informative and exact heritage with curiosity and profit."
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Were they useful or literary? To what extent did they reflect contemporary workshop practice? 71 If so, why might this have been desirable? Why might an artisan wish to inform his competitors, even if they were members of his own guild?! e. preservation for its own sake – they may have been self-promotion or self-advertising – they may have been associated with alchemic or medical theories of matter Are the later (14th-15th century) texts more accurate with respect to workshop practices? I have said so before, but I am not so sure any more.
Eisenstein, The printing press as an agent of change, Cambridge, University Press, 1979, p. 429 [Citation is from paperback edition 1980]. 39. 9v, ink recipe, late fifteenth century, east Netherlandish. 44 MARK CLARKE Vernacular Does the use of the vernacular really indicate that a text is a new, personal observation of contemporary practice, rather than simply a ‘blind’ transmission of a Latin text? I used to think this was so, but now I am not so sure. Let us consider a manuscript compilation from c.
Who wrote these books? Who did they write them for? Were they mainly personal copies or compilations of extracts, or were they mainly professionally produced copies of standard texts? How available were they in fact – how many copies, if you like, per head of population, or per literate head? All this seems to need quantifying before making these kind of generalisations. There is also a danger in concentrating on a literate elite. Literacy is not congruent with social status (consider the literate but lowly slaves, clerks and monks, or conversely the often illiterate squirearchy).
A history of the theories of aether and electricity Vol 1 by Edmund T. Whittaker