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Elementary Lessons in Electricity and Magnetism

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WE are glad to welcome a really admirable attempt to place before students the modern doctrines concerning electricity and magnetism in a popular but reasonably accurate form. The book begins with a rapid historical sketch of the long known facts on which it is the custom to dilate in every elementary text-book on electricity; but the historical statements indicate by little additional details that they have not been simply copied from the joint-stock property of text-book writers, but that some original authorities have been referred to. This portion of the book occupies the first 190 pages, and it does not call for special remark; the illustrations are, as a rule, familiar ones, but there is a very convenient magnetic map of England for 1888 as a frontispiece; and everything relating to the use of iron filings is well and clearly put, as would naturally be expected. The author's statements of the well-worn facts are moreover interspersed with notes and characteristic touches which redeem them from dulness.

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