Notes on Recent Researches in Electricity and Magnetism; Intended as a sequel to Professor Clerk-Maxwell's Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism.
by THOMSON, Joseph John (1856-1940).
Oxford:: Clarendon Press, 1893., 1893. 8vo. xvi, 578,  pp. Half-title, 144 figs., index. Contemporary half blind- and gilt-stamped calf, maroon gilt-decorated cloth, raised bands, University of Cambridge Charles Hockin Prize binding, bound by "Wilson, Cambridge". Prize bookplate of Dr.[?] R. T. Smith. Near fine. First edition. A beautifully bound copy of this important addition to Maxwell's landmark work. "Thomson's early work was on theoretical mechanics and electrodynamics. His experimental researches culminated in the discovery of the electron in 1897 and, more than a decade later, he developed a special method to deflect positive ions by means of which the isotopes of a given chemical element could be separated…. In 1906 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his theoretical and experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity through gases. […] Thomson presented his theory [of moving electric tubes] in detail in a book, entitled 'Notes on Recent Researches in Electricity and Magnetism' (Thomson 1893), which served as a supplement to Maxwell's Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism (the third edition of which was prepared for publication by Thomson in 1891). Thomson's treatment of electromagnetic theory — like the earlier one of Poynting — was based on Michael Faraday's concepts of lines of force. Thomson discarded the magnetic lines of force — in contrast to Faraday and Poyntin — as secondary phenomena, because he though that they might arise from the motion of electric tubes. From the existence of a smallest electric charge (the charge of the electron or its positive counterpart), he further concluded that unit tubes of electric force did exist as well, and that these unit tubes led to a 'kind of molecular theory of Electricity, the Farady [unit] tubes taking the place of molecules in the Kinetic Theory of gases' (Thomson, 1893, p. 4)" – The Historical Development of Quantum Theory Vol. I, Jagdish Mehra, p. 84.
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