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LORENTZ, Hendrik Antoon.

Versuch einer Theorie der electrischen und optischen Erscheinungen in bewegten Körpern.

Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1895 Stock Code: 144413
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Introducing the Lorentz Force

First edition of this seminal paper on the relationship of matter to electricity, introducing the Lorentz Force in electrodynamics.

"In applying Maxwell's electromagnetic theories to moving bodies, Lorentz made the fundamentally new assumption that the behaviour of light and matter could be understood in terms of charged particles. The present work is the second of Lorentz's two major expositions on his electron theory of matter, following 'La théorie électromagnetique de Maxwell et son application aux corps mouvements' (1892); it contains his equation for the 'Lorentz force' connecting the continuous electric field with discrete electricity" (Norman). The paper further includes Lorentz's postulation that mass varies with velocity for charged particles, an equation that was adopted by Einstein in his Special Theory of Relativity (1905), which Einstein showed to apply to all objects.

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Description

Octavo (223 x 140 mm). Mid-20th century green half cloth, spine lettered in gilt, marbled sides.

Condition

Very light discolouration and cockling to endpapers, contents with occasional pencilled annotations and creasing. A very good copy.

Bibliography

Norman 1388; PMM 378b.

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