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Oliver Heaviside


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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Do try to be like other people: London 1850-68
  • Chapter 2: Seventy words a minute: Fredericia 1868-70
  • Chapter 3: Waiting for Caroline: Newcastle 1870-74
  • Chapter 4: Old Teufelsdrockh: London 1874-82
  • Chapter 5: Good old Maxwell!: London 1882-86
  • Chapter 6: Making waves: London, Liverpool, Dublin and Karlsruhe 1882-88
  • Chapter 7: Into battle: London 1886-88
  • Chapter 8: Self-induction's in the air: Bath and London 1888-89
  • Chapter 9: Uncle Olly: Paignton 1889-97
  • Chapter 10: Country life: Newton Abbot 1897-1908
  • Chapter 11: A Torquay marriage: Torquay 1908-24
  • Chapter 12: Last days: Torquay 1924-25
  • Heaviside's legacy

About the Author

A former officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Basil Mahon is a retired Government Statistician who ran the 1991 census in England and Wales and has had a lifelong passion for the physical sciences. Oliver Heaviside follows up his acclaimed book The Man Who Changed Everything, a biography of Heaviside's own hero James Clerk Maxwell.


'an engaging account of this heady, confusing period when electromagnetism was a young science and Heaviside was one of its greatest - and most eccentric - exponents. For Heaviside's relative obscurity was at least partly his own fault. Although he could be witty and even charming to his friends, he was also a thoroughly awkward individual who bore grudges like a champion, speckled his scientific articles with thinly veiled attacks on his enemies and repeatedly rejected pleas to make his papers more understandable.

Mahon is clearly sympathetic to his subject, but he does not shrink from the more challenging aspects of either Heaviside's character or his science. This slim volume is an excellent introduction to both.'

* Physics World *

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