Speculations About Electromagnetism

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Scientific Paper
Title Speculations About Electromagnetism
Author(s) Lee Shimmin
Keywords electric fields, Michael Faraday, electromagnetism
Published 2005
Journal None


How often it is that we look for complicated explanations for physical phenomena when simpler explanations are generally over-looked. In this paper I will review some well-known features of charged particles and electric fields from a fresh point of view. I shall draw upon a letter from Michael Faraday to his friend, Richard Phillips, written in April of 1846. I will review what we have been taught about electric fields and how Faraday thought about them, keeping what appears useful and ignoring the rest. I will begin to construct a somewhat different theory of electromagnetism, making clear distinctions between the current paradigm and what is being proposed here