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The Scientific Letters and Papers of James Clerk Maxwell

The Scientific Letters and Papers of James Clerk Maxwell
3 Volume Paperback Set (5 physical parts)

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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521757942

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  • Originally published between 1990 and 2002 this set is now available in paperback for the first time. This is a comprehensive edition of Maxwell's manuscript papers, published in a virtually complete form. Maxwell's work was of central importance in establishing and developing the major themes of the physics of the nineteenth century. His theory of the electromagnetic field and the electromagnetic theory of light, and his development of statistical molecular theory, have established his special place in the history of physics. His fecundity of imagination and the sophistication of his examination of the foundation of physics give particular interest and importance to his writings. This edition includes Maxwell's letters to William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Michael Faraday, George Gabriel Stokes, Lord Rayleigh, Peter Guthrie Tait, and many other physicists, mathematicians and scholars. These letters, together with numerous drafts of his published scientific papers and reports on papers submitted to the Royal Society, illuminate his scientific thought, providing a unique perspective on classical physics at a crucial stage in its development.

    • James Clerk Maxwell is a major figure in the history of science, whose contributions to physics rank with those of Einstein and Newton
    • This completes publication of the first comprehensive edition of Maxwell's correspondence and manuscript papers
    • This edition has a full historical commentary
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    Review of the hardback: '[This edition of James Clerk Maxwell's letters and papers] … bring[s] out both the range and integrity of his [sic] relationships.' Gillian Beer, The Guardian

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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521757942
    • length: 652 pages
    • dimensions: 321 x 253 x 163 mm
    • weight: 7kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I: Preface
    List of texts
    General introduction
    Editorial note
    List of plates
    Introduction
    Texts: Appendix
    Index
    Volume II: Preface
    List of texts
    General introduction
    Editorial note
    List of plates
    Introduction
    Texts: Appendix
    Index
    Volume III: Preface
    List of texts
    General introduction
    Editorial note
    List of plates
    Introduction
    Texts: Supplement
    Appendix
    Index.

  • Author

    James Clerk Maxwell

    Editor

    Peter M. Harman, Lancaster University
    P. M. HARMAN is Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University.

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