IN the twenty years which have elapsed since the first appearance of Maxwell's Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism great progress has been made in these sciences. This progress has been largely — perhaps it would not be too much to say mainly — due to the inﬂuence of the views set forth in that Treatise, to the value of which it offers convincing testimony. In the following work I have endeavoured to give an account of some recent electrical researches, experimental as well as theoretical, in the hope that it may assist students to gain some acquaintance with the recent progress of Electricity and yet retain Maxwell's Treatise as the source from which they learn the great principles of the science. I have adopted exclusively Maxwell's theory, and have not attempted to discuss the con sequences which would follow from any other view of electrical action. I have assumed throughout the equations of the Electro magnetic Field given by Maxwell in the ninth chapter of the second volume of his Treatise.