VIII. A dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field

  title={VIII. A dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field},
  author={James Clerk Maxwell},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={459 - 512}
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  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London
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