I just came across these really nice videos explaining complicated things in a very simple way.
The first video below explains how M. Faraday discovered magnetic fields and how J.C. Maxwell developed dynamic equations to describe them.
The concept of field can be used to explain many things such as light, cell phones (electro-magnetic vibrations) or even quantum physics (coming from the Greek Quanta = Packets).
The Architectural theorist Stan Allen, in his book Points+Line, even describes a new kind of Architecture based on fields instead of objects which one can relate all the “agent-based” parametric Architecture or to the built examples below of Zaha Hadid’s Hoenheim bus terminal or Eisenman’s Holocaust memorial in Berlin. In these projects, the components of the buildings are only valuable if they are seen as a whole.
Several DS10 students are looking at fields this year, from Will Garforth-Bless looking at ferrofluid to Chris Ingram tracing the trail of a field with point charges, Below is an example of how the grasshopper tool for field was used in the case of a 2d mapping of ferrofluid.
See videos below to understand how fields work and the history behind their discovery.