Talk:Oliver Heaviside

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primary occupation?[edit]

I would like to know, what was his primary occupation. What did he do for a living and how did he get his money. Can we call him a gentleman scientist ??


The "publications" after 1925 need some kind of annotation ... are they reprints? When were they written? I don't know the facts here or the standard way of presenting such information or I'd try some edits directly ..

Heaviside was employed as a telegraph operator in Denmark for a couple years in his late teens and early twenties, but he mooched off his parents for the rest of their lives, and never resumed gainful employment. In the modern world he would probably be the equivalent of a basement dwelling Usenet troll. 98.154.22.134 (talk) 07:33, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

link problem[edit]

Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction (which is most common) does not link to "Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction", but Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction does! I don't know how that works... Harald88 21:15, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

fixed: redir to section of length contraction article-Pournami (talk)

Twenty "Maxwell equations"[edit]

The twenty equations of electromagnetism originally written by Maxwell include much more than the "canonical" Maxwell equations. Ohm's law, for example, is included and it is not really a law of electromagntism but an empirical description of some materials. The four canonical vector equations correspond to only twelve of Maxwell's twenty (there is one for each Cartesian coordinate). I've made small revisions accordingly.Shrikeangel (talk) 16:13, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

A referene for that would be handy. SpinningSpark 16:51, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:A_Dynamical_Theory_of_the_Electromagnetic_Field.pdf&page=7 Maxwell, J. C., "A dynamical theory of the electric field". A summary is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dynamical_Theory_of_the_Electromagnetic_Field Comparison with any EM textbook will show that the four "canonical" equations can make up at most 12 of the twenty equations in Maxwell's paper, some of which are not explicity expressed.Shrikeangel (talk) 01:01, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Plagiarism[edit]

The first paragraph of the article (I'm not a regular editor, so I don't know the terminology), but the part at the very begining of the page, before the table of contents, that says "Oliver Heaviside was a self-taught..." is the exact same text, word for word, as a footnote in M.J.Roberts' Signals and Systems, second edition, page 25. ISBN 978-0-07-338068-1 Hard to say who copied whom, but neither credits the other. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.185.183.35 (talk) 17:42, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

The bulk of the current lede was inserted with this edit. However, the first and last sentence were already there and had been for years. The last sentence, in particular has been in since 2004. It does not seem likely that the whole thing is a copyvio as it was created over a number of years with at least three different editors taking part. It would be very strange if they all plagiarized the same book. Can you confirm that it is word-for-word, including the first and last sentence. Also, what is the year of publication of your version of the book? If it was in a print of the book prior to insertion in Wikipedia that would confirm copyvio. SpinningSpark 19:49, 10 February 2012 (UTC)
Some relevant history of the lede: [1][2][3][4][5] SpinningSpark 20:04, 10 February 2012 (UTC)
The second edition says "Copyright 2011", so the Wikitext wasn't stolen from the second edition. First edition ( 0072499427) is copyright 2004. --Wtshymanski (talk) 21:55, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Nahin 2002[edit]

It seems a little strange that such claims about someones personal character could be made without a proper verified source. A citation with an unknown title or page number is unacceptable as it is impossible to verify. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 27.33.143.13 (talk) 05:12, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Which claim in particular are you talking about? All the citations to Nahin that I can see have page numbers and Nahin's book is in the references where the title and ISBN are given along with a link to Google books. SpinningSpark 11:02, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Untitled[edit]

After reading this article, I also feel like painting my fingernails pink, removing all my furniture from my house, and sleeping on a block of stone.

No mention of the aether? 67.206.163.72 (talk) 21:20, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

W.O.R.M[edit]

"World's Only Remaining Renaissance Man"? It would befit Oliver. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Danshawen (talkcontribs) 18:02, 3 February 2014 (UTC)