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The man who changed everything : the life of James Clerk Maxwell

Author: Basil Mahon
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, England : Wiley, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mahon, Basil.
Man who changed everything.
Chichester, West Sussex, England : Wiley, 2003
(OCoLC)623044870
Named Person: James Clerk Maxwell; James Clerk Maxwell; James Clerk Maxwell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Basil Mahon
ISBN: 047086088X 9780470860885 0470861711 9780470861714
OCLC Number: 52358254
Description: xx, 226 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Chronology: principal events in Maxwell's life --
Cast of characters: Maxwell's relations and close friends --
1. A country boy: Glenlair 1831-1841 --
2. Pins and string: Edinburgh Academy 1841-1847 --
3. Philosophy: Edinburgh University 1847-1850 --
4. Learning to juggle: Cambridge 1850-1854 --
5. Blue and yellow make pink: Cambridge 1854-1856 --
6. Saturn and statistics: Aberdeen 1856-1860 --
7. Spinning cells: London 1860-1862 --
8. The beautiful equations: London 1862-1865 --
9. The Laird at home: Glenlair 1865-1871 --
10. The Cavendish: Cambridge 1871-1879 --
11. Last days --
12. Maxwell's legacy.
Responsibility: Basil Mahon.
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.

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