Date of Submission

Spring 2014

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Physics; Science, Technology, and Society

Project Advisor 1

Matthew Deady

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Michael Faraday is well known in physics for his vivid experiments and public demonstrations still used today as well as work which is credited with leading to the emergence of field theory. His lack of a formal education led him to design experiments and lectures focused only on qualitative observation and careful manipulation of natural phenomena, and his methods of collecting data and documenting his theories have allowed his peers, and us, full view into his work. This project seeks to reconstruct Faraday’s famous iron ring induction experiment by exploring the scientific historical context, the multitude of documents he left, and a recreation of the experiment while applying a modern understanding of electrodynamics. An analysis of the interaction of these elements reveals the historic and scientific significance in contrast with popular understanding.

Open Access Agreement

On-Campus only

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

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