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HERTZ, Heinrich.

Electric Waves.

Being researches on the propagation of electric action with finite velocity through space. Authorised English translation by D. E. Jones. With a preface by Lord Kelvin.

London & New York, Macmillan and Co., 1893 Stock Code: 139652
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First edition in English of Hertz's important series of papers on electromagnetic waves, originally published between 1887 and 1890, first published in this collected form in German in 1892. The papers include "experimental proof by Hertz of the Faraday-Maxwell hypothesis that electromagnetic waves can be projected through space" (PMM) and "Hertz's report of his proof that electromagnetic waves travel at the same speed as light" (Norman). The later papers "report a series of 'more qualitative experiments carried out by Hertz in 1888 on the analogy between electricity and light waves' (DSB), in which he showed that electromagnetic waves are longer than light, but like light can be refracted, reflected, and polarized" (Norman). "This discovery and its demonstration led directly to radio communication, television, and radar" (Dibner 71).

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Description

Octavo. Original dark green pebbled cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, dark green endpapers.

Illustrations

Numerous diagrams to text.

Condition

Spine ends gently bruised, tiny nick to foot, negligible wear to corners, contents markedly crisp and clean, the book block very slightly cracked between pp. 64-65. A near-fine copy.

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