André-Marie Ampère: Enlightenment and Electrodynamics

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Apr 11, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 406 pages
0 Reviews
In this authoritative biography, James Hofmann examines the extraordinary life of André-Marie Ampère, who made original, significant contributions to mathematics and chemistry and is renowned for his new branch of physics - electrodynamics. A member of the Académie des Sciences, and professor at the École Polytechnique, his accomplishments are remarkable in view of his tragic personal life. One of the elite of early nineteenth-century Parisian science, yet having no formal education, he embraced the scientific optimism of the Enlightenment, and the Catholic faith. This combination of intellectual expectation and emotional spirituality made Ampère's genius both destructive and extraordinarily creative. This, the only biography available in the English language, illuminates the scientific contributions of an individual and his epoch, and provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the scientific mind.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Idyllic Youth
7
Marriage and Provincial Life 18001804
24
Paris 18041820
97
Laplacian Physics
99
Ampere in Paris
123
Metaphysics Ampere Kant and Maine de Biran
144
Mathematics Chemistry and Physics 18041820
165
Electrodynamics
225
Amperes Electrodynamics 18211822
265
Defense and Elaboration of the Theory
309
Closing Years
351
The Final Synopsis
353
Notes
368
Bibliography
384
Index
400
Copyright

Amperes Response to the Discovery of Electromagnetism 1820
227

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 384 - Paris, 1798-1818. 612. .MÉMOIRES présentés à l'Institut des sciences, lettres et arts par divers savants , et lus dans ses assemblées. — Sciences mathématiques et physiques.

References to this book

Bibliographic information