By Mark McCartney
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) had a comparatively short, yet impressive existence, lived in his loved rural domestic of Glenlair, and variously in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, London and Cambridge. His scholarship additionally ranged extensive - overlaying the entire significant points of Victorian traditional philosophy. He used to be the most very important mathematical physicists of all time, coming purely after Newton and Einstein.
In clinical phrases his immortality is enshrined in electromagnetism and Maxwell's equations, yet as this ebook indicates, there has been even more to Maxwell than electromagnetism, either when it comes to his technology and his wider lifestyles. Maxwell's lifestyles and contributions to technology are so wealthy that they call for the services of more than a few teachers - physicists, mathematicians, and historians of technological know-how and literature - to do him justice. a few of the chapters will permit Maxwell to be noticeable from a number views.
Chapters 1 to four take care of wider elements of his lifestyles in time and position, at Aberdeen, King's university London and the Cavendish Laboratory. Chapters five to twelve pass directly to glance in additional element at his large ranging contributions to technological know-how: optics and color, the dynamics of the earrings of Saturn, kinetic concept, thermodynamics, electrical energy, magnetism and electromagnetism with the concluding chapters on Maxwell's poetry and Christian faith.