The Life of James Clerk Maxwell: With a Selection from His Correspondence and Occasional Writings and a Sketch of His Contributions to Science

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 3, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages
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James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) was a Scottish physicist well-known for his extensive work with electromagnetism, colour analysis, and kinetic theory. Considered by many to be a giant in his field with significant influence on the physicists who would follow, Maxwell spent time as a professor at Aberdeen University, King's College, London, and Cambridge. This 1882 Life by his friend Lewis Campbell and natural philosopher William Garnett represents an important - and lengthy - investigation into Maxwell's life and thought. Part I is concerned with biographical matters while the second section focuses upon his scientific mind. A third part contains Maxwell's poetry, so included because the poems are 'characteristic of him' and have 'curious biographical interest'. At nearly 700 pages, the Life represents an important starting point for those curious about the state of theoretical physics and the person in whom it reached its culmination in the nineteenth century.
  

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Contents

Bikth and Parentage
1
CHAPTER II
24
GlenlairChildhood18311841
29
CHAPTER III
45
CHAPTER V
105
CHAPTER VI
146
Essays at Cambridge18531856
223
Death of his Father Professorship at Aberdeen
247
Cambridge18711879
348
CHAPTEE XIII
406
CHAPTEE XIV
434
tions to Optics
465
POEMS
577
Occasional Pieces
593
SerioComic Verse
609
INDEX
653

Kings College LondonGlenlair18601870
278

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William Garnett has been awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships and his photography has been included in over 200 invitational art shows worldwide. Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Landscape Photography from the American Society of Magazine Photographers, he is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Napa, California. Martha A. Sandweiss is Director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and editor of "Photography in Nineteenth-Century America" (1991).

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