The Mathematical Theory of Electricity and Magnetism

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    THE fifth edition of an established text-book calls for little comment. The previous edition was marked by the introduction of a new chapter on the theory of relativity. The present volume has yet another new chapter on “The Electrical Structure of Matter.” intended as an introduction to the quantum theory. It seems rather sad that this new chapter should have to confess that some of the conclusions in the earlier part of the book—as to the radiation of energy from an accelerated electron—are in contradiction with modern knowledge, and that the whole theory which led to those conclusions is in need of amendment; but such is the history of science. The chapter will admirably serve its purpose of leading up to modern theory.

    The Mathematical Theory of Electricity and Magnetism.

    By Dr. J. H. Jeans. Fifth edition. Pp. viii + 652. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1925.) 21s. net.

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