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The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside. A maverick of electrical science. Basil Mahon.

  • The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside. A maverick of electrical science. Basil Mahon.  2017. ISBN 9781633883321. This book gave my college physics a work out, but in a good way as many of the underlying principles I learned ( not readily) were based on the prodigious output of Heaviside.  He was a true pioneer in telegraphy and telephony, translating Maxwells work into usable discoveries. We often forget that brilliance does not always equal readability . It takes hard workers like Heaviside to forge the links and do the heavy math lifting to allow for technological progress. Put this alongside Heaviside,s reclusive life, lack of business awareness and general approach as a curmudgeon  and you have a brilliant researcher who despite a prodigious output , lived a desperate poor life.  A useful read, and you can skip over the physics parts, ( which are fascinating to any engineer like to me).  Lots of insights into the early pioneers such as Faraday, Maxwell, Heinz and others.