The equations are named after the physicist and mathematician James Clerk Maxwell, who, in 1861 and 1862, published an early form of the equations that included the Lorentz force law.

Maxwell understood the connection between electromagnetic waves and light in 1861, thereby unifying the theories of electromagnetism and optics. ==Formulation in terms of electric and magnetic fields (microscopic or in vacuum version)== In the electric and magnetic field formulation there are four equations that determine the fields for given charge and current distribution.

The equations are named after the physicist and mathematician James Clerk Maxwell, who, in 1861 and 1862, published an early form of the equations that included the Lorentz force law.

(This article accompanied a December 8, 1864 presentation by Maxwell to the Royal Society.) * A Dynamical Theory Of The Electromagnetic Field – 1865 Maxwell's 1865 paper describing his 20 Equations, link from Google Books. J.

(This article accompanied a December 8, 1864 presentation by Maxwell to the Royal Society.) * A Dynamical Theory Of The Electromagnetic Field – 1865 Maxwell's 1865 paper describing his 20 Equations, link from Google Books. J.

Clerk Maxwell (1873) A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism *Maxwell, J.C., A Treatise on Electricity And Magnetism – Volume 1 – 1873 – Posner Memorial Collection – Carnegie Mellon University *Maxwell, J.C., A Treatise on Electricity And Magnetism – Volume 2 – 1873 – Posner Memorial Collection – Carnegie Mellon University The developments before relativity: Joseph Larmor (1897) "On a dynamical theory of the electric and luminiferous medium", Phil.

Wireless World, March 1979. ==Further reading== ==External links== maxwells-equations.com — An intuitive tutorial of Maxwell's equations. The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol.

Ever since 1983 (see International System of Units), metres and seconds are compatible except for historical legacy since by definition c = 299 792 458 m/s (≈ 1.0 feet/nanosecond). Further cosmetic changes, called rationalisations, are possible by absorbing factors of depending on whether we want Coulomb's law or Gauss's law to come out nicely, see Lorentz-Heaviside units (used mainly in particle physics).

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