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How Maxwell's equations came to light

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The nineteenth-century Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell made groundbreaking contributions to many areas of science including thermodynamics and colour vision. However, he is best known for his equations that unified electricity, magnetism and light.

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  1. Basil Mahon is the author of several books on James Clerk Maxwell, Michael Faraday and Oliver Heaviside. His latest book, co-authored with Nancy Forbes, is entitled Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field and is available from Prometheus Books (ISBN 978-1-61614-942-0)

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