Item description for Newtonian Electrodynamics by Peter Graneau & Neal Graneau...
The book deals with the resurgence of nineteenth century electromagnetism in physics and electrical engineering. It describes a series of important experiments, and new technologies based on these experiments, which cannot be explained by and analyzed with the modern relativistic electrodynamics of the twentieth century. The Newtonian electrodynamics of Coulomb, Ampere, Neumann, and Kirchhoff, which was current from 1750 to 1900, is fully reviewed and greatly extended to deal with contemporary research on exploding wires, railguns and other electromagnetic accelerators, jet propulsion in liquid metals, arc plasma explosions, capillary fusion, and lightning phenomena. Much of the book is based on the atomic definition of the Amperian current element. Finite element techniques for solving many electrodynamic problems are described.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 981022284X ISBN13 9789810222840
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You don't want to rely on the Graneau's to teach you physics... Oct 27, 2006
The authors of this book are in love with Newton's work and are suspicious of Einstein's theories. They are entitled to having preferences - although these may be due more to stubborness/narrow-mindedness than to critical thinking - but one would expect that at least they would teach and use Newton's theories correctly, which is not even the case! I will explain myself below.
In particular, I am quite familiar with the material of chapters 6 and 7 of this book (the parts that relate to underwater sparks and the authors' claim about having discovered "free" energy in this process). The basis for their excess energy claim is the large inferred water velocity in their experiments on underwater sparks. They estimate this water velocity via the rigid-body collision method taught in first year college physics classes which makes use of Newton's second law and the principle of conservation of momentum. The problem is that they assume that there are no external forces acting on the system constituted of the water and the "projectile" that it accelerates. This is wrong since the water is in contact with the high-pressure plasma created by the spark which is in turn confined between the water and the container in which the experiment is done. The reactive force between the water and the plasma and/or between the water and the container is not zero and is external to the system they chose to analyze, therefore this force should be included in their calculation of the water velocity. Since their mistake amounts to attributing all the momentum resulting from this large external force to the water's momentum, they grossly overestimated the water velocity.
Since these authors can't be relied on to do basic college level Newtonian mechanics properly, I don't think they could be relied on for more complex physics concepts either...
The authors mention Oxford and Northeastern University as their affiliations, but the Oxford position of Neal Graneau is that of a research assistant (not a professor, not a PhD, not even a Master's) and the Northeastern University's website says nothing about Peter Graneau, who may very well hold a very insignificant position there...