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A Treatise on Electrical Theory and the Problem of the Universe, considered from the Physical Point of View, with Mathematical Appendices

Nature volume 85, page 99 (24 November 1910) | Download Citation



THE partial success which has attended the recent attempts of Einstein and Minkowski to found an electromagnetic system of mechanics has tended to strengthen the popular idea that the solution of outstanding problems and mysteries must be sought in the domain of electrical rather than other physical phenomena. From being a disturbing element characterised by unaccountable vagaries, the “electric fire” has come to be an all-pervading element, closely approaching the alchemist's idea of a primal substance. Mr. de Tunzelmann's work, is an ambitious attempt to apply the Faraday-Maxwell theory of electricity, as modified by Larmor in the atomistic direction, to what he calls “the problem of the universe.” Incidentally, the book gives a great deal of information with regard to recent work and speculation, and although the titular object of the work has not been attained (it could hardly be otherwise in our present state of knowledge), it will be valued on account of the information given on such varied subjects as electrolysis, radiation, radio-activity, the age of the earth, the solar corona, and the place of mind in the universe.

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