Hertz and Tesla on Maxwells equations


Hertz differed markedly with Tesla in terms of his interpretation of Maxwell’s equations and his subsequent conceptualization of the structure of ether. [ s p. 96] Hertz had created an elegant mathematical interpretation of Maxwell’s equations, but at the expense of some aspects of Maxwell’s theory, most notably vector and scalar potentials.. I duplicating Hertz’ s work,  Tesla postulated that these components  should not have been eliminated. Fn 56 [s p.96]

Fn 56: Hertz’ s decision to eliminate scalar potentials was also a puzzlement to Oliver Heaviside, who corresponded frequently with the German scientist during the same period. “ I am quite sure you have gone further on than Maxwell,” Heaviside wrote in 1889, “but electrostatical  (scalar) potential and magnatical (scalar) potential ought to remain I think.” Heaviside, however,  like Hertz, was in agreement with the idea of dispensing with vector potentials. [s p. 498]