The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 20, 2011 - Science - 662 pages
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The publication in 1890 of the two-volume Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell, edited by W. D. Niven, was one of the two objects of a committee formed 'for the purpose of securing a fitting memorial of him' (the other object being the commissioning of a marble bust for the Cavendish Laboratory). Before his death in 1879 at the age of 48, Clerk Maxwell had made major contributions to many areas of theoretical physics and mathematics, not least his discoveries in the fields of electromagnetism and of the kinetic theory of gases, which have been regarded as laying the foundations of all modern physics. He is generally considered the third most important physicist of all time, after Newton and Einstein. These collected shorter works, beginning with a paper written at the age of 15, show the wide range of Clerk Maxwell's interests across mathematics, physics and chemistry.
  

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Contents

On the Description of Oval Curves and those having a plurality of Foci with remarks by Professor Forbes
1
On the Theory of Rolling Curves
4
On the Equilibrium of Elastic Solids
30
Solutions of Problems
74
On the Transformation of Surfaces by Bending
80
On a particular case of the descent of a heavy body in a resisting medium
115
On the Theory of Colours in relation to ColourBlindness
119
Experiments on Colour as perceived by the Eye with remarks on ColourBlindness
126
On an instrument to illustrate Poimots Theory of Rotation
246
On a Dynamical Top for exhibiting the phenomena of the motions of a body of invariable form about a fixed point with some suggestions as to the ...
248
Account of Experiments on the Perception of Colour
263
On the general laws of Optical Instruments
271
On Theories of the Constitution of Saturns Rings
286
On the stability of the motion of Saturns Rings
288
Illustrations of the Dynamical Theory of Gases
377
On the Theory of Compound Colours and the Relations of the Colours of the Spectrum
410

On Faradays Lines of Force
155
Description of a New Form of the Platometer an Instrument for measuring the areas of Plane Figures drawn on paper
230
On the elementary theory of Optical Instruments
238
On a method of drawing the Theoretical Forms of Faradays Lines of Force without calcidation
241
On the unequal sensibility of the Foramen Centrale to Light of different Colours
242
On the Theory of Compound Colours with reference to mixtures of Blue and Yellow Light
243
On the Theory of Three Primary Colours
445
On Physical Lines of Force
451
On Reciprocal Figures and Diagrams of Forces
514
A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field
526
On the Calcidation of the Equilibrium and Stiffness of Frames
598
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