The genesis of Maxwell's equations

Magdalena Salazar Palma, Sarkar Tapan Kumar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemConference contribution


The objective of this paper is to illustrate how Maxwell came to his mathematical constructs of the work done before him by Oersted, Ampère, Faraday, Gauss and so on, into a concise and precise mathematical form. In addition, the presentation will address two specific topics which are fundamental in engineering electromagnetic education: how did Maxwell reached the conclusion light was electromagnetic in nature and thereby revolutionizing the last century physics and the concept of displacement current.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479982752
StatePublished - Jul 24 2015
EventIEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2015 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: May 17 2015May 22 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2015


OtherIEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Ampère
  • Electromagnetics
  • Faraday
  • FitzGerald
  • Gauss
  • Heaviside
  • Hertz
  • History
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • Maxwellians
  • Oersted

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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