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Archives for July, 2011

Our department here at Texas A&M has a student chapter of the Optical Society of America, and each week a student or professor gives a talk about something interesting while the rest of us eat pizza. I’ve been working on and off on a talk I’m going to give, tentatively titled “Just what the @#$%…

By the 1860s, the classical theory of electricity and magnetism was on a very solid theoretical footing. Maxwell’s equations describing the interplay of charges and currents with electric and magnetic fields were on paper by 1862, and with some changes in notation they’re the exact same today. Relativity wouldn’t be invented for another half-century or…