James Clerk Maxwell: Perspectives on his Life and Work

Hardcover | February 9, 2014

EditorRaymond Flood, Mark Mccartney, Andrew Whitaker

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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 ofthe 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 theexpertise 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.

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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 ofthe most important mathematical physicists ...

Raymond Flood is Gresham Professor of Geometry. He was Vice President of Kellogg College, Oxford and is an Emeritus fellow of Kellogg College. His main research interests are in the history of mathematics, and he was formerly President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. Mark McCartney is Senior Lecturer in Mathemati...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:February 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199664374

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Life1. Raymond Flood: Introductory Biography2. John Reid: Maxwell at Aberdeen3. John Reid: Maxwell at King's College, London4. Isobel Falconer: Cambridge and Building the Cavendish LaboratoryScience5. Malcolm Longair: Maxwell and the Science of Colour6. Andrew Whitaker: Maxwell and the Rings of Saturn7. Elizabeth Garber: Maxwell's Kinetic Theory 1859-18708. John Rowlinson: Maxwell and the Theory of Liquids9. Andrew Whitaker: Maxwell's Famous (or Infamous) Demon10. Dan Siegel: Maxwell's Contribution to Electricity and Magnetism11. Chen-Pang Yeang: 1. The Maxwellians: The Reception and Further Development of Maxwell's Electromagnetic Theory12. Keith Moffatt: The Fluid Dynamics of James Clerk MaxwellPoetry, Religion and Conclusions13. Stella Pratt-Smith: Boundaries of Perception: James Clerk Maxwell's Poetry of Self, Senses and Science14. Philip Marston: Maxwell, Faith and Physics15. Mark McCartney: I Remember Years and Labours as a Tale that I have Read