THEORIES AND MODELS ABOUT THE CAUSES OF THE PIEZOELECTRIC PHENOMENA
In its account of the piezoelectric phenomena, Voigt’s general theory demonstrated the vigor of the analytical-phenomenological method, yet, as such a theory, it did not explain their source. In this theory Voigt refrained from any hypotheses on how and why strain generates electric polarization. Nevertheless, physicists also attempted to understand the source of piezo- and pyroelectricity. They suggested explanation of the phenomena according to their views of matter, electricity, and heat and to current approaches to physics, each according to his own. These explanations were also formulated to sustain one’s own approach by eliminating potential refutations and extending the circle of phenomena it describes. The suggestions present different styles and methods of late-nineteenth century physicists. This chapter shows the significance and influence of these approaches in the theoretical study of a particular phenomenon.
KeywordsPolar System Causal Theory Molecular Theory Electric Effect Molecular Explanation
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