On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication in 1865 of Maxwell’s Equations (see IYL 2015 below).
To be held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22 George Street, Edinburgh, free and open to the public but registration required.
The talks will be accessible to a wide audience, we have a stellar list of speakers:-
- Prof. Peter Higgs, FRS, FRSE (Nobel Laureate, University of Edinburgh)
Field Theories, Maxwellian and later developments
- Sir Peter Knight, FRS (President of the Institute of Physics, 2011-13)
The impact of Maxwell’s Equations on Physics
- Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, FRS, FRSE (Former President of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh)
The Impact of Maxwell’s Equations on Mathematics
- Prof. Malcolm Longair , FRS, FRSE (Prof. of Physics, University of Cambridge and former Astronomer Royal for Scotland)
The Impact of Maxwell’s work on Colour and Statistical Physics
- Prof. Jim Al-Khalili (Professor of Physics, Surrey University)
The Impact Maxwell’s Demon on Information Theory and Computing
- Prof. Carl Murray, (Professor of Astronomy, Queen Mary University)
The Impact on Astronomy of Maxwell’s Adams Prize Essay (On the Stability of Saturn’s Rings)
- Prof. Iain McLeod (formerly, Prof. of Mechanical Engineering, Strathclyde University
The Impact on Engineering of Maxwell’s articles on the stresses of structures and reciprocal diagrams
- Prof. R. Sepulchre ( Professor of Control Engineering, University of Cambridge)
The Impact on Control Theory and Cybernetics of Maxwell’s paper ‘On Governors‘
The evening will close with a reception and the official unveiling of a new Maxwell plaque at the University of Edinburgh.
There will also be guided tours of James Clerk Maxwell's House in India Street, on the morning of the 10 November.
James Clerk Maxwell ranks alongside Newton and Einstein as one of the world’s great physicists. In designating this year as the International Year of Light, UNESCO explicitly highlight the importance of 2015 as marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Maxwell’s Equations. Maxwell’s impact extends well beyond this outstanding contribution; to enabling developments in colour theory, colour photography, statistical physics, information theory, Saturn’s rings, mechanical stress analysis and control theory. In this meeting, we bring together many eminent speakers to explore the legacy of Maxwell’s genius today, which continues to impact on many scientific and technological aspects of our modern society, from mobile phones and cybernetics to the discovery of the Higgs boson.