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The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell

The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell

Volume 1

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences

  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108012256

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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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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108012256
    • length: 662 pages
    • dimensions: 295 x 211 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.56kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. On the description of oval curves and those having a plurality of foci
    2. On the theory of rolling curves
    3. On the equilibrium of elastic solids
    4. On the transformation of surfaces by bending
    5. On a particular case of the descent of a heavy body in a resisting medium
    6. On the theory of colours in relation to colour-blindness
    7. Experiments on colour as perceived by the eye, with remarks on colour-blindness
    8. On Faraday's lines of force
    9. Description of a new form of the Platometer, an instrument for measuring the areas of plane figures drawn on paper
    10. On the elementary theory of optical instruments
    11. On a method of drawing the theoretical forms of Faraday's lines of force without calculation
    12. On the unequal sensibility of the Foramen Centrale to light of different colours
    13. On the theory of compound colours with reference to mixtures of blue and yellow light
    14. On an instrument to illustrate Poinsont's theory of rotation
    15. 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 earth's motion
    16. Account of experiments on the perception of colour
    17. On the general laws of optical instruments
    18. On theories of the constitution of Saturn's rings
    19. On the stability of the motion of Saturn's rings
    20. Illustrations of the dynamical theory of gases
    21. On the theory of compound colours and the relations of the colours of the spectrum
    22. On the theory of three primary colours
    23. On the physical lines of force
    24. On reciprocal figures and diagrams of forces
    25. A dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field
    26. On the calculation of the equilibrium and stiffness of frames.

  • Author

    James Clerk Maxwell


    W. D. Niven

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