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Author Mahon, Basil.

Title The man who changed everything : the life of James Clerk Maxwell / Basil Mahon.

Published Chichester, West Sussex, England : Wiley, 2003.


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Physical description xx, 226 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [212]-214) and index.
Contents Chronology: principal events in Maxwell's life xv -- Cast of characters: Maxwell's relations and close friends xix -- 1 A country boy: Glenlair 1831 - 1841 4 -- 2 Pins and string: Edinburgh Academy 1841 - 1847 11 -- 3 Philosophy: Edinburgh University 1847 - 1850 23 -- 4 Learning to juggle: Cambridge 1850 - 1854 35 -- 5 Blue and yellow make pink: Cambridge 1854 - 1856 48 -- 6 Saturn and statistics: Aberdeen 1856 - 1860 69 -- 7 Spinning cells: London 1860 - 1862 90 -- 8 Beautiful equations: London 1862 - 1865 111 -- 9 Laird at home: Glenlair 1865 - 1871 128 -- 10 Cavendish: Cambridge 1871 - 1879 147 -- 11 Last days 171 -- 12 Maxwell's legacy 176.
Summary James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) changed our perception of reality and laid the foundations for many of the scientific and technological advances of the twentieth century. An unassuming and modest man, who simply wanted to understand how the world around him worked, he made fundamental contributions to every aspect of physical science. By discovering the nature of electromagnetic waves, he made possible the development of our great communications networks: television, radio, radar and the mobile telephone. He took the first colour photograph and introduced the system of thought experiments, later used by Einstein. His influence across all areas of physical science has been enormous. Often his ideas were ahead of his time and we had to wait many years before others confirmed his theories. Leading scientists have always recognised Maxwell as a giant figure and he holds a unique position among them, inspiring both wonder and affection. In life, he was a blend of opposites - a serious man who saw fun everywhere, a hopeless teacher who inspired students, a shy man who was the hub of any gathering where he felt at ease. This sympathetic biography by a lifelong admirer of his work helps to share the inspirational nature of his life and achievements with a wider public.
Subject Maxwell, James Clerk, 1831-1879.
Physicists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
ISBN 047086088X
0470861711 (paperback)