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Maxwell vs Heaviside

  1. May 16, 2008 #1
    A Question:

    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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  3. May 17, 2008 #2
    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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