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Was Gauss' law originally derived from theory or discovered by experiment?
thanks but all I see is an aps meeting abtract, is there a paper?Ssnow said:Hi, I have recently discovered this article:
"The Tortured History of Gauss's Law"
of Spencer Ross,
that asserts the origin of Gauss law is due to J.Priestly (1733-1804).
Ssnow
Hi, I asked directly to the author, I am waiting ...feynman1 said:thanks but all I see is an aps meeting abtract, is there a paper?
look forward to it!Ssnow said:Hi, I asked directly to the author, I am waiting ...
Ssnow
Gauss' law is a fundamental law in the field of electromagnetism that relates the electric flux through a closed surface to the charge enclosed by that surface. It is named after the German mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss.
The origin of Gauss' law can be traced back to the 19th century when Carl Friedrich Gauss first formulated the law in his work on mathematical physics. He developed the law as a way to mathematically describe the relationship between electric charges and electric fields.
Gauss' law states that the electric flux through a closed surface is equal to the charge enclosed by that surface divided by the permittivity of free space. This means that the electric field at a point is directly proportional to the charge at that point and inversely proportional to the distance from the charge.
Gauss' law is significant because it is one of the four Maxwell's equations that form the basis of classical electromagnetism. It allows us to mathematically describe the behavior of electric charges and electric fields, and is essential in understanding and predicting the behavior of various electrical systems.
Gauss' law is used in many practical applications, including designing electrical circuits, calculating the electric field inside and outside of conductors, and analyzing the behavior of charged particles in electric fields. It is also used in the development of technologies such as capacitors, transformers, and electric motors.