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Michael Lazich

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Further, curl-less components could be added to A (introducing the concept of different gauges) and still obtain the same results as well.

My question is, basically: was it a purely mathematical justification for introducing the physical concept of the magnetic vector potential? I.e., was it just a question of noticing "Hey, I can make B the curl of another vector!"?

So essentially I guess I'm asking: did the physics drive the mathematics or vice versa?

My assumption is that the mathematical relationship was noticed first, followed by the introduction of physical concepts, gauges, etc.; but wondering if others may know differently?

Thanks.