Elec-Trickery and Magic-ism

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 2018 (no class on January 15)
Mondays, 9-11 a.m.
Erik Vedeler
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Winter

Did you ever wonder how the ubiquitous invisible thing we call electricity and its close sibling magnetism was ever understood and harnessed by humans to become one of the most important tools of our time? Our use of electricity fueled the industrial revolution through the 19th century and drove unprecedented technological and economic growth through the 20th. There is almost no aspect of modern life that is not touched by our use of electricity. From the Napoleonic era to the rise of our young nation’s leadership on the world stage, we explore how early scientists discovered the foundations of electricity and magnetism in the context of their contemporary society. A technical background is not necessary for participants in this class, only a zest for history and science!

Course Outline

Erik Vedeler (vedelererik@gmail.com) retired from NASA after a 26-year career at Langley Research Center. He was the head of the electromagnetics and sensors branch and a microwave measurements researcher. Erik has a passion for history and unveiling the mystery of electromagnetics.