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

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Wiley, Oct 17, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 226 pages
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‘Since Maxwell’s time, physical reality has been thought of as represented by continuous fields, and not capable of any mechanical interpretation. This change in the conception of reality is the most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton.’

Albert Einstein

‘He is easily, to physicists, the most magical figure of the nineteenth 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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Top book. At Aberdeen Uni the Engineering dept was asked, at coffee, what those equations were - no one knew - indeed that could be said to be the case all over (indeed how many know e equals ..). The importance of this book is that it puts this man's science into context in a way that many more can appreciate. 


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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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