The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 15, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
This is the first biography in twenty years of James Clerk Maxwell, one of the greatest scientists of our time and yet a man relatively unknown to the wider public. Approaching science with a freshness unbound by convention or previous expectations, he produced some of the most original scientific thinking of the nineteenth century — and his discoveries went on to shape the twentieth century.

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James Clerk Maxwell (Clerk being the true family name as the book points out) lived an exceptional life. I found this book to have a fine balance of his theoretical accomplishments, his personal ... Read full review

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This is an enjoyable and lovingly written biography. I was pleased to read not only about Maxwell the brilliant scientist, but about Maxwell the truly remarkable man. He is one of those fellows I'd love to have access to a time machine for! Read full review


Chapter 2 Pins and string
Chapter 3 Philosophy
Chapter 4 Learning to juggle
Chapter 6 Saturn and statistics
Chapter 7 Spinning cells
Chapter 8 The beautiful equations
Chapter 9 The Laird at home
Chapter 10 The Cavendish
Chapter 11 Last days

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About the author (2004)

Basil Mahon is a former officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and a graduate in Engineering. He is a retired Government Civil Servant and ran the 1991 census in England and Wales.

He has a long-time passion for the physical sciences and has for many years been fascinated by the impact that Maxwell has had on all our lives.

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