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

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John Wiley & Sons, 1999 - Science - 240 pages
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Electrical Engineering The Story of Electrical and Magnetic Measurements From 500 BC to the 1940s 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 20th century. Written in a direct and fluent style, the book illuminates the lives of the most significant inventors in the field, including Georg Simon Ohm, Andre Marie Ampère, 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 accompanied 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.
  

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Contents

Measurements from the Beginning through
1
The First Rotating Electrostatic Generator
9
Electric Conductors and Insulators
15
The Leyden JarThe First Capacitor
21
A Bolt of Lightning Is an Electric Discharge
25
The First Quantitative Measurements of Electricity
41
An Electric Current Has an Associated Magnetic
61
Early Electromagnetic Indicating Instruments
75
Transformations of Electrical and Mechanical
123
Electromagnetics and SelfInductance
139
The Kelvin Scale Transatlantic Cable Sensitive
153
Electromagnetic Radiation
171
The Beginnings of Radio
183
The Story of a Successful Electrical Instrument
193
The Discovery of the Electron Part I
203
Verifying J
213

X a1E IR or I VR
91
Advanced Applications of Mathematics to Measure
105
Acoustics and Electricity Research
117
INDEX
231
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
239
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About the Author Joseph F. Keithley served as a scientist at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Washington, D.C., during World War II. He worked on underwater mine firing devices and achieved the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his work. In 1946, he founded Keithley Instruments, Inc., in Cleveland,Ohio. Among the company's customers are Nobel Prize-winning researches who have used the company's products in support of their scientific work. Since 1962, 14 of his company's products have received industry awards from Research and Development Magazine as one of the 100 Most Significant Technical Products of the Year. Mr. Keithley is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1992, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his "pioneering contributions to electronic test and measurement." He is also a member of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Mr. Keithley has been active in the American Management Association and has also served as a member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

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