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Single Idea 17548

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 2. Electrodynamics / b. Fields]

Full Idea

In the theory of fields of force one came back to the older idea, that action is transferred from one point to a neighbouring point. ...With Maxwell the fields of force seemed to have acquired the same degree of reality as the body's of Newton's theory.

Gist of Idea

Maxwell introduced real fields, which transferred forces from point to point


Werner Heisenberg (Physics and Philosophy [1958], 06)

Book Reference

Heisenberg,Werner: 'Physics and Philosophy' [Penguin 1989], p.83

Related Idea

Idea 17547 Newton's idea of force acting over a long distance was very strange [Heisenberg on Newton]