Theory of Magnetic Monopoles

  • P. A. M. Dirac
Part of the Studies in the Natural Sciences book series (SNS, volume 10)


The Maxwell equations for empty space are symmetric between the electric and magnetic fields E and H. One can replace E by H and H by -E and the equations are unchanged. One can add further terms to the field equations to represent the effects of electric charges and currents. If one then brings in the Lorentz equation for the motion of a charged particle
$$m\frac{{{d}^{2}}{{v}_{\mu }}}{d{{s}^{2}}}+e{{f}_{\mu \nu }}{{v}^{\nu }}=0,$$
one has the complete scheme of equations for the ordinary classical electrodynamics.


Charged Particle Electric Charge Action Principle Magnetic Charge Magnetic Monopole 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. M. Dirac
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  1. 1.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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