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  • n. English physicist and electrical engineer who helped develop telegraphic and telephonic communications; in 1902 (independent of A. E. Kennelly) he suggested the existence of an atmospheric layer that reflects radio waves back to earth (1850-1925)


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  • "Heaviside" (see last line of Byron's note) was the surgeon in attendance at the duel between Lord Falkland and Mr.A. Powell.

    Byron's Poetical Works, Volume 1

  • What drives the production is the desire to know who will ascend to the Heaviside Layer.

    James Scarborough: "Cats," Musical Theatre West

  • On this memorable night (solemn and rapturous, squalid and magical) Old Deuteronomy (Clent Bowers) appoints one cat to ascend to the Heaviside Layer, reincarnated.

    James Scarborough: "Cats," Musical Theatre West

  • Actually, thinking about quantum mechanics, I actually would have drawn an Heaviside step function …

    The world’s not flat anymore.

  • A footnote on Nahin: Anyone who has taught a course on the history of radio and has a cat named Heaviside has to be a great writer.

    Rules for Time Travelers

  • And to prove it there was a testicle in the museum of Dr. John Heaviside, who had been present at the removal.

    American Connections

  • Royal surgeon by 1790, at the Eumalian Club Heaviside mixed with the artistic and literary elite: Boswell, Johnson, Reynolds.

    American Connections

  • Edward V. Appleton finally proved experimentally that an earlier suggestion by Heaviside and Kennelly, that radio waves were reflected between different layers with different conductance in the atmosphere, was the correct explanation.

    The Nobel Prizes in Physics 1901-2000

  • (Before one censors Heaviside, Gibbs and Hertz too strenuously for their shortsightedness, one should recall that, classically, forces and force fields - not energy - had been uppermost in scientific theory.)

    Chapter 4

  • See also Sir Edmund Whittaker, "Oliver Heaviside", Bulletin of the Calcutta Mathematical Society, 20, 1928-1929, p. 202.

    Chapter 4


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