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Started by von Corax, March 03, 2019, 06:51:46 PM
Quote from: Felscor on March 04, 2019, 12:03:02 AM... hydro?
Quote from: Synistor 303 on March 04, 2019, 04:30:55 AMUnobtanium? (My geologist spouse's favourite non-mineral...)
QuoteThe equations are named after the physicist and mathematician James Clerk Maxwell, who between 1861 and 1862 published an early form of the equations that included the Lorentz force law. He also first used the equations to propose that light is an electromagnetic phenomenon.The equations have two major variants. The microscopic Maxwell equations have universal applicability, but are unwieldy for common calculations. They relate the electric and magnetic fields to total charge and total current, including the complicated charges and currents in materials at the atomic scale. The "macroscopic" Maxwell equations define two new auxiliary fields that describe the large-scale behaviour of matter without having to consider atomic scale charges and quantum phenomena like spins. However, their use requires experimentally determined parameters for a phenomenological description of the electromagnetic response of materials.
Quote from: RJBowman on March 04, 2019, 08:11:19 PMIn the real world steam ere, other than water power, it was stuff you could burn, or electricity generated by chemical batteries or dynamos powered by water power or stuff you can burn.Stuff you can burn included wood, coal, and coke (refined cole). This was used to heat boilers to produce steam to turn piston steam engines and, eventually, turbines.Batteries were initially metal electrode plates in acid similar to most modern car batteries, and later were refined to dry cells, which are internally just like modern flashlight batteries. The film "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" includes a typiction of acid batteries used to power machinery; the prop batteries were open topped and had stirring mechanisms; I don't know if cells of that type were ever in common use for practical applications. Images of early batteries can be found on the internet; try an image search for "telegraph dry cells" and "telegraph acid batteries". Dry cells are safer and more practical for portable applications.Aether and phlogiston are from 19th century theories of physics and chemistry which were discredited by experimental results and the emergence of newer theories. No real mechanisms ever operated on aether or phlogiston.Thaumic energy is magic energy from occultism.I, myself, am partial to real forms of energy that existed in the real world. I know how they work, and they lend verisimilitude to fiction.
Quote from: Kensington Locke on March 04, 2019, 05:39:26 PMOrgone (what the heck is that?)
QuoteI mean if we are going for fictional energies you could do something chemical (green liquid dripped into a blue liquid and the two produce pure energy as evidenced by the slight glow and electricity produced between two carbon rods, and like matter meets antimatter they annialate each other leaving less of each).