Oliver Heaviside: Maverick MasterMind of Electricity

Oliver Heaviside Maverick MasterMind of Electricity Oliver Heaviside was one of the great pioneers of electrical science His ideas led to huge advances in communications and now form much of the bedrock of electrical engineering every textboo

  • Title: Oliver Heaviside: Maverick MasterMind of Electricity
  • Author: B. Mahon
  • ISBN: 9780863419652
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oliver Heaviside 1850 1925 was one of the great pioneers of electrical science His ideas led to huge advances in communications and now form much of the bedrock of electrical engineering every textbook and every college course bears his stamp Despite having little formal education he created the mathematical tools that were to prove essential to the proper understandOliver Heaviside 1850 1925 was one of the great pioneers of electrical science His ideas led to huge advances in communications and now form much of the bedrock of electrical engineering every textbook and every college course bears his stamp Despite having little formal education he created the mathematical tools that were to prove essential to the proper understanding and use of electricity At first his ideas were thought to be outrageous and he had to battle long and hard against ignorance, prejudice and vested interests to get them accepted Yet they are now so much a part of everyday electrical science that they are simply taken for granted and our great debt to him is rarely acknowledged Caring nothing for social or mathematical conventions, he lived a fiercely independent life, much of the time close to poverty His writings reveal a personality like no other and are laced with wickedly irreverent humour he is by far the funniest author of scientific papers Basil Mahon combines a compelling account of Heaviside s life with a powerful insight into his scientific thinking and the reasons for its enduring influence.

    One thought on “Oliver Heaviside: Maverick MasterMind of Electricity”

    1. very well written. The author describes the character in terms of the work and reasons for wanting to learn more because this figure did deserve more attention during his life and afterwards. One of the most unique characters I have come across (extent of Tesla). If you are interested in the history of maths/technology then this book is a very good pick.

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