Aardwolf wrote:You'll need to ask Tesla. It's his quote.Higgsy wrote:Aardwolf wrote:"Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality." - Nikola Tesla

So are you suggesting that Maxwell’s equations (Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism) have no relation to reality?

Why did you post it then? Do you or don't you think that Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism (the subject of this thread) has no relation to reality. Either you think it does or it doesn't have a relationship to reality. If you think it does then the quote is inappropriate and irrelevant. If you think it doesn't then you have to explain how come Maxwell's theory, based on the integration of a number of experimentally determined laws (Gauss's law, Gauss's law for magnetism, Faraday's law and Ampere's law), after 150 years of being tested in tens of millions of real-world experiments, is still regarded as an accurate description of electromagnetism in the classical limit. By those people who work with it everyday.

Your knowledge of what I understand equates to nil. However, as it's Tesla's quote, do you think he didn't understand them?Higgsy wrote:Or is that quaotation just an excuse for not understanding them?

I don't give two pins what Tesla did or didn't understand. From what you have posted I know that you don't have the mathematical equipment to understand Maxwell's equations. No-one who had would be inveigling against maths in physics like you do. Which means that you don't understand electromagnetic theory. It's obvious that you can't do a simple undergraduate problem in electromagnetism. Like almost everyone else here.

Who said anything about using the "formulas" to prove the theory? The expressions, such as Maxwell's equations, are a mathematical description of reality. Whether or not they are an accurate description depends on experiment. But you can't understand the description, and therefore the physics, without the maths. The classical theory of electromagnetism is Maxwell's. It's mathematical and relies on vector calculus of fields. Without the maths, you don't understand how electricity and magnetism behave. In the real world. Physics without maths is like Shakespeare without words.There's nothing wrong with using maths to describe a given phenomena as you may understand it, the problem is when you start putting the cart before the horse and believing the formulas somehow prove your theory to be the one and only arbiter of all things truthful. Unfortunately all you do is chase the rabbit down the hole.