By Oliver J. Lodge, D.Sc., LL.D., F.R.S.
When Oliver Lodge started working with electricity, he was following in the footsteps of Heinrich Hertz who had produced and detected electric waves. He identified electromagnetic radiation independent of Hertzs proof and, at his 1894 Royal Institution lectures, Lodge demonstrated an early radio wave detector he named the coherer. This great British physicist and writer was involved in the development of, and holder of key patents for, radio. In 1925 he also became the President of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).
This 1889 book originally published by MacMillan was authored when the understanding of electricity was still evolving and had not yet begun to be explained in the terms that are well established today. Republished today by the RSGB it provides a unique insight into the world of electricity as it was seen in the Victorian age. Broken into four sections and fifteen chapters you will find Lodges 19th century views of Electrostatics, Conduction, Magnetism and Radiation. There is discussion of how they were producing currents, thoughts on the conduction of gases, the structure of magnetic fields, the relation of magnetism to electricity and even the relation of ether to electricity and the constants of the ether. Lodge goes further still describing electrical radiation as light and considers the electro-magnetic and electrostatic effects on it. Illustrated throughout you will find reproductions of Leyden jars, coils and the like alongside diagrams of how to generate electricity.
Published as part of the RSGB Historical book collection, Modern Views of Electricity provides, not only a tribute to the work of a past RSGB President, but also a fascinating look back at the developing years of electricity and radio as it was perceived over a century ago. As the author concludes "a book dealing with electricity at the present time is to herald the advent of the very latest discoveries and prepare the minds of the reader for more" - it certainly does.
Size: 174x240mm, 312 pages. ISBN: 9781 9101 9388 4