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How did Georg Simon Ohm do it? [Ohm's law]

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2 Author(s)
L. A. Geddes ; Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA ; L. E. Geddes

The "it" in the title refers to what is now known as Ohm's law. Georg Simon Ohm (1789-1854) lived at a time when there were no calibrated indicators for electric current. There was no volt or amp; these were established much later by the 1881 International Electrical Congress. The resources available to Ohm were: 1) the discovery of Oersted, who in 1520 showed that a magnetic field surrounded a wire carrying electric current; 2) the electrochemical cell, described by Volta in 1800; and 3) the thermoelectric effect, discovered by Seebeck in 1822. How Ohm discovered his law with these varied and limited resources is the subject of this article.

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IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 3 )