Electromagnetic Theory reaches perfection


John David Jackson, [U Calif. Berkeley and Visiting Professor at Trinity College, Cambridge], "Classical Electrodynamics" 3rd edn., pub. Wiley 1999.
1st edn. 36 years earlier.
2nd edn. 23 years earlier.
Bibliography contains no Heaviside, no Catt.
".... a subject whose fundamental basis was completely established
theoretically 134 years ago by Maxwell and experimentally 110 years ago by Hertz. Still, there are changes in emphasis and applications. ...."

Ed. Stuart G. Shanker, Philosophy of Science, Logic and Mathematics in the Twentieth Century, pub. Routledge 1996, p391; [Glossary of terms] "electromagnetism - …. the final form of the theory was devised by MAXWELL and is one of the triumph[s] of the nineteenth century science." This assertion, that electromagnetic theory was complete in around 1900 and could not be improved upon, is frequently repeated, (for instance, as far as I remember, by Solymar and Ash). Since Heaviside (1850 - 1925) was given the first Faraday Medal and has never been repudiated by anyone in the Establishment, it is tragic that so many of his concepts, including that of energy current, have disappeared. They are now not known to a single Professor of Electrical Engineering or a single text book writer in the world. Their grasp of the Transverse Electromagnetic Wave diminishes every decade, even though it is the basic intellectual building block for digital electronics. - Ivor Catt, 31dec01


Scandals in Electromagnetic Theory



"From a long view of the history of mankind – seen from, say, ten thousand years from now – there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell’s discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with this important scientific event of the same decade." – R.P. Feynman, R.B. Leighton, and M. Sands, Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol. 2, Addison-Wesley, London, 1964, c. 1, p. 11. Oops! – Ivor apr03

The New Scholasticism

It gets worse;

“The special theory of relativity owes its origin to Maxwell’s equations of the electromagnetic field.” Einstein quoted in Schilpp, P A, “Albert Einstein, Philosopher – Scientist,” Library of Living Philosophers, 1949, p62.  - Ivor may03

Where’s the meat?

Allegedly uniform field in a capacitor

Also see same assertion by Bleaney and Fewkes.