Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: A surrealistic tale of electricity
Authors: Fuchs, Hans Ulrich
DOI: 10.1119/1.14787
Published in: American Journal of Physics
Volume(Issue): 54
Pages: 907
Pages to: 909
Issue Date: 1986
Publisher / Ed. Institution: AAPT
ISSN: 0002-9505
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 530: Physics
Abstract: Using thermodynamics as an analogy, an ‘‘electricity machine’’ is constructed and analyzed. This machine runs through a ‘‘Carnot’’ cycle. The analysis leads to the construction of a ‘‘new’’ quantity called ‘‘reduced electricity’’ (charge). The example shows what life in electrodynamics would be without the substancelike quantity which we call electrical charge. (This state of affairs is accepted in thermodynamics.) Imagine the development of the theory of electricity had fallen into the hands of the thermodynamicists. As fairy and other tales go, they have an air of surrealism surrounding them.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics (IAMP)
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