Electromagnetic Waves

  • David Cassidy
  • Gerald Holton
  • James Rutherford
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


On April 11, 1846, the distinguished physicist Charles Wheatstone was scheduled to give a lecture at the Royal Institution in London. Michael Faraday was to introduce Wheatstone to the audience. At the last minute, just as Faraday and Wheatstone were about to enter the lecture hall, Wheatstone got stage fright, turned around, and ran out into the street. Faraday had to improvise and give a lecture himself. Normally, Faraday discussed in public only his actual experiments. But on this occasion he revealed certain speculations which, as he later admitted, he would never have made public had he not suddenly been forced to speak for an hour—although these speculations soon changed physics.


Magnetic Field Electromagnetic Wave Radio Wave Electromagnetic Spectrum Induction Coil 
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Further Reading

  1. R. Buderi, The Invention that Changed the World [Radar]. Sloan Technology Series ( New York: Touchstone Books, 1998 ).Google Scholar
  2. G. Cantor, D. Gooding, F.A. Frank, and J.L. James, Michael Faraday ( Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanity Books, 1996 ).Google Scholar
  3. D. Park, The Fire within the Eye: A Historical Essay on the Nature and Meaning of Light ( Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997 ).Google Scholar
  4. C. Susskind, Heinrich Hertz: A Short Life ( San Francisco: San Francisco Press, 1995 ).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cassidy
    • 1
  • Gerald Holton
    • 2
  • James Rutherford
    • 3
  1. 1.Natural Science ProgramHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.358 Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.American Association for Advancement of ScienceUSA

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