EMF—a 19th-Century mistake
Iee Review ◽
Vol 39(4) ◽
Michael V. Worstall
I don’t even know what the paper is about. I mean, really, not a clue. At one point father was doing a lot of editing of papers about train signalling systems. Is this one? Don’t think it’s about the band from the Forest of Dean – unlikely really. Electro-magnetic, umm, summat? It coincides with his time at U of Bath but other than that, no idea…..
Aha! Via Ken at Oxford:
EMF – a 19thcentury mistake
EUR ING. MICHAEL V
University of Bath, UK
12 May 1993
Presumably it is well known to all
IEE Review readers that electromotive ‘force’ is not a force at all?
Volta (or was it Faraday) got the
name wrong in the first place.
To reduce confusion for new
students of electrical engineering,
I am searching for a better name
for this voltage, an entity vital to
all our theory and practice.
Others have proposed ‘source
voltage’ in the past. Can any discerning reader come up with a
more memorable yet precise
name for this scalar?
Did this ever get done?