2 Oct, 2003 530 Physics

Melvyn Bragg and guests discusses the life and ideas of James Clerk Maxwell whose work is not widely known, but whose genius and contribution to the age in which we live is enormous.He took the first colour photograph, defined the nature of gases and with a few mathematical equations expressed all the fundamental laws of light, electricity and magnetism - and in doing so he provided the tools to create the technological age, from radar to radio and televisions to mobile phones. He is credited with fundamentally changing our view of reality, so much so that Albert Einstein said, “One scientific epoch ended and another began with James Clerk Maxwell”. But who was James Clerk Maxwell? What were his ideas, and does this nineteenth century ‘natural philosopher’ deserve a place alongside Newton and Einstein in the pantheon of science?

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  • Simon Schaffer 24 episodes
    Reader in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge
  • Peter Harman No other episodes
    Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University
  • Joanna Haigh 2 episodes
    Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Imperial College London

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