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1882 __ « On the Possibility of Originating Wave Disturbances in the Ether by Means of Electrical Forces »
George Francis FitzGerald (1851-1901)
Comment : George Francis FitzGerald was an Irish professor of "natural and experimental philosophy" (i.e., physics) at Trinity College, Dublin, in the late 19th century. In 1883, following from Maxwell's equations, FitzGerald suggested a device for producing rapidly oscillating electric currents to generate electromagnetic waves, a phenomenon first shown experimentally by Heinrich Hertz in 1888. In 1882, FITZGERALD, in his paper to the Royal Dublin Society, “On the Possibility of Originating Wave Disturbances in the Ether by Means of Electrical Forces”, presented the idea that it only needed the construction of an electromagnetic wave generator of sufficient power to convince the entire scientific community of the revolutionary character of MAXWELL's theory. (Compiled from various sources)
French comment : George Francis FitzGerald, qui a d'abord douté de la possibilité de créer des ondes selon le modèle de Maxwell, corrige son erreur d'évaluation mais s'interroge sur la possibilité de recevoir, à distance, la perturbation de l'éther engendrée. ("Scientific Transactions of the Royal Dublin Society " 1879-1882; Cf. note 15 in "Süsskind: The Early History of Electronics - I Electromagnetics before Hertz [IEEE Spectrum - Aug. 1968])
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