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    DescriptionIn this book Carver Mead offers a radically new approach to the standard problems of electromagnetic theory. Motivated by the belief that the goal of scientific research should be the simplification and unification of knowledge, he describes a new way of doing electrodynamics--collective electrodynamics--that does not rely on Maxwell's equations, but rather uses the quantum nature of matter as its sole basis. Collective electrodynamics is a way of looking at how electrons interact, based on experiments that tell us about the electrons directly. (As Mead points out, Maxwell had no access to these experiments.)The results Mead derives for standard electromagnetic problems are identical to those found in any text. Collective electrodynamics reveals, however, that quantities that we usually think of as being very different are, in fact, the same--that electromagnetic phenomena are simple and direct manifestations of quantum phenomena. Mead views his approach as a first step toward reformulating quantum concepts in a clear and comprehensible manner.The book is divided into five sections: magnetic interaction of steady currents, propagating waves, electromagnetic energy, radiation in free space, and electromagnetic interaction of atoms. In an engaging preface, Mead tells how his approach to electromagnetic theory was inspired by his interaction with Richard Feynman.


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    Title
    Collective Electrodynamics
    Subtitle
    Quantum Foundations of Electromagnetism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carver A. Mead
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 159
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262632607
    ISBN 10: 0262632608
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PHQ
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.4
    BISAC V2.8: SCI026000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26440
    B&T Approval Code: A53602030
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: PHK
    B&T Approval Code: A53300000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI057000
    DC21: 537.6
    BISAC V2.8: SCI077000
    DC22: 530.1433
    Thema V1.0: PHQ, PHK
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    16
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    02 September 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Carver A. Mead is the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology. He won the 1999 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation.