James Clerk Maxwell: Perspectives on his Life and Work (Hardback)
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James Clerk Maxwell: Perspectives on his Life and Work (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 09/01/2014
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James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) had a relatively brief, but remarkable life, lived in his beloved rural home of Glenlair, and variously in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, London and Cambridge. His scholarship also ranged wide - covering all the major aspects of Victorian natural philosophy. He was one of the most important mathematical physicists of all time, coming only after Newton and Einstein. In scientific terms his immortality is enshrined in electromagnetism and Maxwell's equations, but as this book shows, there was much more to Maxwell than electromagnetism, both in terms of his science and his wider life. Maxwell's life and contributions to science are so rich that they demand the expertise of a range of academics - physicists, mathematicians, and historians of science and literature - to do him justice. The various chapters will enable Maxwell to be seen from a range of perspectives. Chapters 1 to 4 deal with wider aspects of his life in time and place, at Aberdeen, King's College London and the Cavendish Laboratory. Chapters 5 to 12 go on to look in more detail at his wide ranging contributions to science: optics and colour, the dynamics of the rings of Saturn, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism with the concluding chapters on Maxwell's poetry and Christian faith.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199664375
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 940 g
Dimensions: 249 x 195 x 29 mm


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... a wonderfully holistic tour of Maxwell's life and impact ... This work is highly recommended. It will be of interest to researchers and most certainly will enhance a library collection or serve as an anchor for a seminar in British history and/or the history of science. * Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Sam Houston State University *
This selection of highly detailed essays from academic physicists, mathematicians and historians of science seeks to do justice to Maxwell from many perspectives, looking at his life, his science, his mathematical abilities, his poetry and his religious faith. * Christine Evans-Pughe, Engineering & Technology, *
The same editorial team produced a wonderful book on another great Scottish Victorian mathematician, Lord Kelvin, and this new collection of essays looks equally enticing. * Tony Mann, Times Higher Education *

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