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#19682 - 01/01/03 05:12 AM Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
Joe Tedesco Offline
Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 2749
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
I have many basic electrical theory papers and pocket books and they indicate that they are copyrighted!

How can any author say that they wrote those electrical formulas?

I think that the credit due should remain with the electricians like Ohm, Ampere, Volta, and others .... please add your favorite electricians.

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#19683 - 01/01/03 05:33 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
sparky Offline
Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5303
Kirchoff should be up there somewhere.....
#19684 - 01/01/03 05:58 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
ThinkGood Offline
Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1081
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
This nice page from "Down Under" contains quite a list.
#19685 - 01/01/03 06:19 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
walrus Offline
Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 680
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
Isn't the book the thing that is copyrighted and not the formulas. The author put them in the book in some sequence and thats whats copyrighted not the individual formulas which are now public domain I would assume.

Anyone who has studied EE and had to use Calculus to prove alot of those formulas generally hates them or at least I do
#19686 - 01/01/03 07:47 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
pauluk Offline
Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7520
Loc: Norfolk, England
I think Nikola Tesla should also be up there with the others. His work often seems to be quite neglected.
#19687 - 01/01/03 07:57 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
Chris Rudolph Offline
Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 160
Loc: Winter Park,Fl USA
My favorite is Maxwell who developed his equations regarding the flow/effects of electricity in the early 1800's.
#19688 - 01/05/03 01:04 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
Scott35 Offline

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Registered: 10/19/00
Posts: 2707
Loc: Anaheim, CA. USA
The Scientists I admire include:

Michael Faraday - trying to make people at the Worlds Fair understand what was so exciting about his experiment, is priceless!!!;

Tesla - what a genius!!! Walking thru the park one day, invisions polyphase AC systems, equipment working from them, plus single phase "taps" driving simple circuits (cut off to eliminate 10K work reply!);

Marconi - even if he "borrowed" from tesla, still pioneered radio;

Ohm, Kirchoff, Maxwell, Volta, Lenz, Watt, Bell, Ampere', the class "playing" with the Leyden Jar, and in a small bit - even good 'ol Tommy A Edison!

So many Scientists to list!!!

Also, these dudes need to be mentioned (excuse the spelling!):

Copernicus, Gallileo Gallelli, Tico Brahve, Johannus Kessler, Isaac Newton, Einstein, The Curries (Sp?), Fermi and all the others involved with Atomic Theories, Max Plak (The Quantum Mechanics guy), and all the other men and women who were bold enough, passionate enough and curious enough to bring the Sciences into our everyday lives (or into the depths of the tech books!).

Scott s.e.t.
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#19689 - 01/05/03 04:42 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
pauluk Offline
Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7520
Loc: Norfolk, England
I haven't seen George Westinghouse mentioned yet, either.

I'd also include Lee DeForest (inventor of the triode vacuum tube/valve) and Brattain, Bardeen, Shockley and their team (invention of the transistor).

Being of a telecoms background, I'd also have to include Alexander Graham Bell, Elisha Gray, and all the scientists of Bell Labs, GPO Engineering et al who have contributed to the wonderful communications network that today encircles the globe.
#19690 - 01/05/03 10:18 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
wocolt Offline
Registered: 12/06/02
Posts: 110
How about Ben Franklin, everybody forgets about him. He brought lightning rods to Philadelphia.
Charles Dufray established charges attract or repel
Charles Coulomb force is inversely proportional to the distance squared.
Peter Van Muschenbrock and Franklin 'Leyden Jar for storing charge , ist capacitor
Stores charge and demonstrated electric shock.
#19691 - 01/05/03 11:10 AM Re: Who Owns Electrical Theroy?
C-H Offline
Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 1497
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
Lot's of name have already been mentioned. I've got one rather unknown: Jonas Wenström who invented (and patented) the 3-phase generator in 1889. (Tesla came up with the concept of polyphase at the same time, but the Wenström patent was a full working system.)

And to you who thinks grounding is a modern thing: The first Wenström generator in 1882 refused to work since it had one ground wire to many. Once it was cut, the generator worked.
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