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The Electric Life of Michael Faraday (2006)

by Alan W. Hirshfeld

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An excellent biography of Michael Faraday and his scientific experiments. From his days as a bookbinder's apprentice to one of the preeminent scientists in England, Faraday's life story is well told here by Hirshfeld. ( )
  JBD1 | Dec 7, 2014 |
If you read just one biography of Michael Faraday make it this one.

Actually I haven't read any others and probably won't. But this was one well worth it. As Dickensian as the Wire, but more David Copperfield than Little Dorrit. Faraday picked up science by browsing books in the store that he worked in. And then worked his way up from essentially an errand boy to one of the world's premier experimentalist in electricity and magnetism.

Hirshfeld does a nice job mixing the life of Faraday with his science. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
If you read just one biography of Michael Faraday make it this one.

Actually I haven't read any others and probably won't. But this was one well worth it. As Dickensian as the Wire, but more David Copperfield than Little Dorrit. Faraday picked up science by browsing books in the store that he worked in. And then worked his way up from essentially an errand boy to one of the world's premier experimentalist in electricity and magnetism.

Hirshfeld does a nice job mixing the life of Faraday with his science. ( )
  jasonlf | May 5, 2008 |
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Nineteenth-century English scientist Faraday, who made the revolutionary discovery that electricity, magnetism and light are all related, personified the self-made man. Son of a blacksmith, Faraday (1791-1867) was apprenticed at an early age to a bookbinder, who encouraged him to pursue the interest in science that he'd gained from reading the books that crossed his workbench. By a great stroke of luck, he went to work for the eminent scientist Sir Humphry Davy. As physicist Hirshfeld relates, from that point on, Faraday proved unstoppable as he made important discoveries in every field he applied himself to. His breakthrough came when he discovered that he could induce an electric current by moving a magnet inside a coil of wire. This led to his development of the dynamo, precursor to the electric motor. Equally important, Faraday hypothesized that electromagnetism extended into space via lines of flux. Faradays background in mathematics was weak, so he couldnt prove this, but a young scientist he befriended late in his career, James Clerk Maxwell, finally did.… (more)

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