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Aepinus's Essay on the Theory of Electricity and Magnetism
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First published in St. Petersburg in 1759, F.U.T. Aepinus's Tenuimen theoriae electricilatis el magnetismi was one of the outstanding achievements of eighteenth-century physics. Its rigorous mathematical investigation of electricity and magnetism was an important and innovative departure from the primarily qualitative and nonmathematical treatments that preceded it. P. J. Connor's translation of the original Latin edition is the first to appear in any western European language, and the introductory monograph and notes by R. W. Home provide a far more definitive account of Aepinus's life and work than has heretofore been attempted.

Originally published in 1979.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Chronology
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Biographical Outline
  2. pp. 3-64
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  1. 2. The Electrical Background
  2. pp. 65-106
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  1. 3. Electricity in the Essay
  2. pp. 107-136
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  1. 4. Magnetism
  2. pp. 137-188
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  1. 5. A Place in History
  2. pp. 189-224
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  1. An Essay on the Theory of Electricity and Magnetism by F.U.T. Aepinus
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. Most Illustrious Count Most Gracious Lord
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. 1. General Principles of the Theory of Electricity and Magnetism
  2. pp. 241-303
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  1. 2. Concerning Electrical and Magnetic Attraction and Repulsion
  2. pp. 304-349
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  1. 3. Concerning the Communication of Electricity and Magnetism
  2. pp. 350-391
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  1. 4. Concerning Certain Phenomena of Bodies Immersed in Electric and Magnetic Vortices, and Concerning the Magnetism of the Earth
  2. pp. 392-452
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  1. An Explanation
  2. pp. 453-468
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  1. An Explanation
  2. pp. 469-478
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  1. Appendix: Annotated Bibliography of Aepinus's, Published Writings
  2. pp. 479-498
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  1. Bibliography of Secondary Works Cited
  2. pp. 499-504
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 505-514
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