Faraday’s Discovery of Induction: A Cognitive Approach
History is an effort to reconstruct a plausible account of past events. These cannot be directly examined, but must be inferred from whatever records are available. Those interested in Michael Faraday are, in this respect, in an enviable position. Faraday left massive quantities of material which provide, as for few other scientists, an insight into his thinking processes. In one sense we do not need to engage in scholarship to understand how Faraday discovered induction; we merely need to read his papers and Diary.1
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