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Modern Experiments Related to Weber's Electrodynamics

Andre K. T. Assis
Year: 1989
Keywords: Weber, Electrodynamics, Experiments
We present Weber's force law and the classical results that follow from it.  We discuss the historical controversy surrounding Ampere's law of force between current elements versus Grassmann-Biot-Savart's law.  Then we make a review of modern experiments related to this topic and to the electric field generated by a steady and stationary neutral current.  Finally we analyze some theoretical aspects of Weber's law as its extension through retarded potentials to include electromagnetic radiation, and its relation to alternative interpretations of experiments devised to show the mass radiation with velocity.