John W. Arthur
John Arthur’s “The Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Theory Revisited” sheds new light on the most fundamental concepts of electromagnetic theory with a goal to eliminate much of the confusion, contradictions and incorrect physics associated with many of the approaches involving Maxwell’s equations currently in use. The tutorial paper published in the February 2008 issue of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, clearly, elegantly and thoroughly addresses issues affecting electromagnetism such as problems stemming from the original theory of magnetism and Maxwell’s equations. Dr. Arthur’s paper also deals with the puzzle concerning the many respects in which the magnetic field still appears to behave as if it originated from poles. In a unique way he illustrates that while Maxwell’s equations do not rule out the existence of magnetic poles, they provide a basis for magnetism that does not need poles.
An IEEE Senior Member, Dr. Arthur is currently an independent technical consultant and honorary fellow in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.