Oliver Heaviside

Heaviside’s magnificent, regal statement


In Heaviside’s Electrical Papers, vol. 1, 1892, page 434 and 438, he wrote:

  • “By the way, is there such a thing as an electric current? Not that it is intended to cast any doubt upon the existence of a phenomenon so called; but is it a current – that is, something moving through a wire ..”
  • “Now, in Maxwells’s theory there is the potential energy of the displacement produced in the dielectric parts by the electric force, and there is the kinetic or magnetic energy of the magnetic force in all parts of the field, including the conducting parts. They are supposed to be set up by the current in the wire. We reverse this: the current in the wire is set up by the energy transmitted trough the medium around it …“