Maxwell vs Heaviside

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How was Heaviside able to convert Maxwell's 17 equations down to just 5, and why does Heaviside get ignored for doing so?
 

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Heavyside invented vectors. Each Maxwell Equation in vector notation is 3 equations the way Maxwell originally did it.

Heavyside gets some credit for inventing vectors, but not all, because Gibbs (an American) invented them, independently, about the same time. Heavyside was a recluse and didn't communicate with hardly anyone and so, he wasn't aware that he was in danger of being scooped.
 

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