Tombe, Frederick David
Mechanics / Electrodynamics
February 26, 2020
aether, centrifugal force, molecular vortex, electron-positron sea, Maxwell, displacement current
Although Maxwell’s most important equations had already appeared throughout his seminal paper entitled “On Physical Lines of Force”, which was written in 1861, it was not until 1864 that Maxwell created a distinct listing of eight equations in his follow up paper known as “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field”. This was in a section headed as ‘General Equations of the Electromagnetic Field’. While Maxwell refers to twenty equations at the end of this section, there are in fact only eight equations as such. Maxwell arrives at the figure of twenty because he splits six of these equations into their three Cartesian components.