Publications

Links to webpages for my books and to PDFs of my articles:

Books:

2015
Os Seguidores de Maxwell [Portuguese translation of The Maxwellians]
(Editora Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)

2010
Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein
(Johns Hopkins University Press)

1991/1994/2005
The Maxwellians
(Cornell University Press)


Articles:

2015
“Maxwell, Measurement, and the Modes of Electromagnetic Theory,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 45: 303–39

2012
“Victorian Physics meets Industrial Capitalism”: retrospective essay review of Crosbie Smith and M. Norton Wise, Energy and Empire: A Biographical Study of Lord Kelvin (1989; 2009), in Metascience 21: 119–24

“Oliver Heaviside: A First-Rate Oddity,” Physics Today (November) 65: (11) 48–54

2007
“‘Our Friend of Brilliant Ideas’: G. F. Fitzgerald and the Maxwellian Circle,” European Review 15: 531–44

2004
“Lord Cable,” Europhysics News (November/December) 35: 186–88

2003
“Electrical Theory and Practice in the Nineteenth Century,” in Mary Jo Nye (ed.), Volume V, Modern Physical and Mathematical Sciences, pp. 311–27, of David C. Lindberg and Ronald L. Numbers (eds.), The Cambridge History of Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

2002
“Lines of Force, Swirls of Ether,” in Bruce Clarke and Linda Dalrymple Henderson (eds.), From Energy to Information: Representation in Science, Art, and Literature (Stanford: Stanford University Press), pp. 99–113

1998
“Insulation for an Empire: Gutta-Percha and the Development of Electrical Measurement in Victorian Britain,” in Frank A. J. L. James (ed.), Semaphores to Short Waves (London: Royal Society of Arts), pp. 85–104

1997
“Doing Science in a Global Empire: Cable Telegraphy and Victorian Physics,” in Bernard Lightman (ed.), Victorian Science in Context (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp. 312–33

1996
“Scientists, Engineers and Wildman Whitehouse: Measurement and Credibility in Early Cable Telegraphy,” British Journal for the History of Science 29: 155–70

1994
“The Ohm is Where the Art Is: British Telegraph Engineers and the Development of Electrical Standards,” Osiris 9: 48–63

1991
“Rigorous Discipline: Oliver Heaviside versus the Mathematicians,” in Peter Dear (ed.), The Literary Structure of Scientific Argument: Historical Studies (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press), pp. 72–95

“Michael Faraday, Cable Telegraphy, and the Rise of British Field Theory,” History of Technology 13: 1–19

1988
The Origins of the FitzGerald Contraction,” British Journal for the History of Science 21: 67–76

1987
“‘How My Model Was Right’: G. F. FitzGerald and the Reform of Maxwell’s Theory,” in Robert Kargon and Peter Achinstein (eds.), Kelvin’s Baltimore Lectures and Modern Theoretical Physics: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives (Cambridge: MIT Press), pp. 299–321

1986
 “Experimenting on the Ether: Oliver J. Lodge and the Great Whirling Machine,” Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 16: 111–34

1983
“‘Practice vs. Theory’: The British Electrical Debate, 1888–1891,” Isis 74: 341–55