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The Story of Electrical and Magnetic Measurements: From 500 BC to the 1940s

The Story of Electrical and Magnetic Measurements: From 500 BC to the 1940s

Joseph F. Keithley

ISBN: 978-0-780-31193-0

Jan 1999

256 pages

Select type: Paperback

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$134.00

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""Joseph F. Keithley, a modern pioneer of instrumentation, brings you a fascinating history of electrical measurement from the ancient Greeks to the inventors of the early twentieth century. Written in a direct and fluent style, the book illuminates the lives of the most significant inventors in the field, including George Simon Ohm, Andre Marie Ampere, and Jean Baptiste Fourier. Chapter by chapter, meet the inventors in their youth and discover the origins of their lifelong pursuits of electrical measurement. Not only will you find highlights of important technological contributions, you will also learn about the tribulations and excitement that accompany the discoveries of these early masters. Included are nearly 100 rare photographs from museums around the world.

THE STORY OF ELECTRICAL AND MAGNETIC MEASUREMENTS is a """"must read"""" for students and practitioners of physics, electrical engineering, and instrumentation and metrology who want to understand the history behind modern day instruments.""

Sponsored by:
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Measurements from the Beginning through the Middle Ages.

The Beginnings of Experimental Science.

The First Rotating Electrostatic Generator.

Electric Conductors and Insulators.

Vitreous and Resinous Electric Fluid.

The Leyden Jar--The First Capacitor.

A Bolt of Lightning Is an Electric Discharge.

Early Electrostatic-Measuring Instruments.

The First Quantitative Measurements of Electricity and Magnetism.

A Carefully Prepared Leg of a Dead Frog Twitches When Stimulated Electrically.

Current Electricity Can Be Produced by Chemical Action.

An Electric Current Has an Associated Magnetic Field.

The Foundations of Electrodynamics.

Early Electromagnetic Indicating Instruments.

Mathematics Using Harmonically Related Sinusoids.

Ohm's Law: X = a/1, E = IR, or I = V/R.

Advanced Applications of Mathematics to Measurements and the Development of Many Magnetic and Electrical Measuring Instruments.

Acoustics and Electricity Research.

Transformations of Electrical and Mechanical Energy.

Electromagnetics and Self-Inductance.

The Kelvin Scale, Transatlantic Cable, Sensitive Galvanometers, and Electrometers.

Electromagnetic Radiation.

The Beginnings of Radio.

The Story of a Successful Electrical Instrument Manufacturer.

The Discovery of the Electron, Part I.

The Discovery of the Electron, Part II: Verifying JJ Thomson's Results and Developments Leading into the Twentieth Century.

Appendix: Photo Section.

Index.

About the Author.