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Did James Clerk Maxwell Ever Draw a Picture of an Electromagnetic Wave?

  1. Nov 8, 2014 #1
    Did James Clerk Maxwell Ever Draw a Picture of an Electromagnetic Wave in any of his notebooks?

    Who was the first one to draw one? Would love to find the first picture representing it all!

    I am looking for the first example of a drawing looking like this showing the perpendicular sinusoidal E & M waves of a propagating photon:

    http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/electromagnetic/electromagneticjavafigure1.jpg

    https://www.google.com/search?q=ele...niv&sa=X&ei=kmdeVNJg0M-IAtrEgJAH&ved=0CDgQsAQ

    Thanks!

    Who was the first one to draw one? Would love to find the first picture representing it!

    Or at least an early one.

    :)
     
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  3. Nov 8, 2014 #2

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    It was probably Heinrich Hertz in the 1880's.
     
  4. Nov 13, 2014 #3
    Thanks! Does anyone else have any ideas regarding this? Thanks! :)
     
  5. Jan 3, 2017 #4
    My vote is Oliver heaverstead who made vector calculus and made maxwell's laws into what they are today. But don't have proof.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2017 #5

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    I think you mean Oliver Heaviside.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2017 #6
    I think you are right. Sorry about that!
     
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