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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
written by Shannon Neaves
edited by Kristen Coyne
This is a short biography of George Ohm, the 19th-century German physicist who formulated Ohm's Law, which describes the mathematical relationship between electrical current, resistance, and voltage. Ohm took a mathematical approach to electricity and magnetism, at a time when most of his peers were relying much more on lab experimentation. Read about his perseverance in the face of significant adversity and initial poor reception to his theory by scientific peers.  

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Ohm, Ohm's Law, biographies, current flow, historical biographics, history of electricity, history of science, resistance, science biographies, science history
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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Electricity: A Historical Perspective

German physicist Georg Ohm was different, and his fellows at the time were not too supportive. This early giant in the field of electricity took a mathematical approach to electric current, at a time when his peers relied almost exclusively on lab experimentation. His perseverance resulted in Ohm's Law, which clarified the relationship between electrical current, resistance, and voltage. This is his biography.

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S. Neaves, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), WWW Document, (https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/georg-ohm).
S. Neaves, Magnet Academy: Georg Ohm, edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), <https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/georg-ohm>.
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Neaves, S. (2009, December 30). Magnet Academy: Georg Ohm. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from Florida State University: https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/georg-ohm
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Neaves, Shannon. Magnet Academy: Georg Ohm. Edited by Kristen Coyne. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/georg-ohm (accessed 14 April 2024).
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Neaves, Shannon. Magnet Academy: Georg Ohm. Ed. Coyne, Kristen. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2007. 30 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 14 Apr. 2024 <https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/georg-ohm>.
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