On Maxwell's discovery of electromagnetic waves and the gauge condition

@article{Leung2015OnMD,
  title={On Maxwell's discovery of electromagnetic waves and the gauge condition},
  author={Peter T. Leung},
  journal={European Journal of Physics},
  year={2015},
  volume={36},
  pages={025002}
}
  • P. Leung
  • Published 1 March 2015
  • Physics
  • European Journal of Physics
The original 'theoretical discovery' of electromagnetic waves by Maxwell is analysed and presented in modern notation. In light of Maxwell's well-known prophetic dedication to the concept of the vector potential, it is interesting to reveal his derivation of the wave equation for this potential without the application of any gauge condition. This is to contrast with typical approaches students learn from standard textbooks for the derivation of the wave equation in various forms. It is in our… 
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