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Information about 21st century books about James Clerk Maxwell

We publish a newsletter with essays etc. about Maxwell and modern science twice a year. See our archive of newsletters.

The following wall panels relating to James Clerk Maxwell are in PDF form and will open in a separate window, you may save a copy if desired.


An example is shown here, the downloads are high resolution PDFs which, if printed full size, are 1m high.

These wall panels were prepared by Dr John Reid for events in Aberdeen, and are particularly oriented to James Clerk Maxwell's period as a Professor at Marischal College, Aberdeen. These are now available for download and may be printed as large scale posters.

Bibliography for James Clerk Maxwell

List of Books and Scientific Papers written by JCM, including those not in Collected Works by Niven, Sir W D (editor) (1890) The scientific papers of James Clerk Maxwell, Cambridge University Press.

List of books in JCM's Scientific Library

James Clerk Maxwell's 1871 Paper to the London Mathematical Society where he suggests the word ‘curl' for a vector quantity. (Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, s1-3, 224-233)

Mathematical Tripos and Smith's Prize Results for the years 1845, 1848, 1852, 1853, 1854.

Stokes Smith's Prize Paper of 1854 sat by JCM, with Stokes' Theorem as a question.

Smith's Prize questions set by JCM in 1879. This includes the accepted solutions submitted in response to the prize offered by the Foundation as part of the 175th anniversary celebrations of of JCM's birth.

Bibliography for P.G. Tait

A review of the 1882 biography: 'The Life of James Clerk Maxwell, with a selection from his correspondence and Occasional Writings and a Sketch of his Contributions to Science." By Prof. Lewis Campbell, M.A,. LL. D., and Prof. William Garnett, M.A. (The Times of 1882?)

James C Rautio's digitized version of the above Campbell and Garnet biography (which includes a whole section on his poems).

Francis Galton Questionnaire In about 1870, Francis Galton conducted a survey of well-known scientists on which he based his ‘English Men of Science'. Maxwell filled out Galton's questionnaire himself.

Obituary tribute to JCM by Professor P. G. Tait in Trans. Royal Soc. Edinburgh

Obituary tribute to JCM in Scotsman Newspaper

Extracts from from the James Clerk Maxwell Commemorative Booklet for The Fourth International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics:

  Foreword by Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, FRSE, FRS

   Homage to James Clerk Maxwell an essay Professor Keith Moffatt, FRS

  Why is Maxwell's Theory so hard to understand? an essay Professor Freeman J Dyson, FRS

Out of a job in Aberdeen a review Professor Sir Roger Penrose, FRS

A hard day's night a review Professor A Pais

Aspects of the Life and Work of Peter Guthrie Tait an essay Dr. Chris Pritchard

What became of the Senior Wranglers? David O Forfar FRSE, Mathematical Spectrum (updated)

The Origins of the Clerk (Maxwell) Genius David O Forfar FRSE, Bulletin of IMA

James Clerk Maxwell: Maker of Waves David O Forfar FRSE

The Remarkable Story of Maxwell and Tait David O Forfar FRSE

James Clerk Maxwell: his qualities of mind and personality as judged by his contemporaries David O Forfar FRSE Mathematics Today

Maxwell distribution of molecular velocities David O Forfar FRSE

Acquisition of 14 India Street - a brief history of the Foundation's acquisition of James Clerk Maxwell's birthplace. David O Forfar FRSE

James Clerk Maxwell - Scotland's Greatest Physicist Prof Malcolm Longair, FRSE, FRS The Scotsman

One of the most important figures in science has at last been honoured in Edinburgh with a statue made by an equally unsung Scottish sculptor Prof. Duncan Macmillan FRSE The Scotsman, 5th December 2008, reproduced by permission.

Toby's Statue - Maxwell's Home Preserved, His Statue Unveiled, but the Final Word Is from a Child. James C. Rautio IEEE microwave magazine June 2009, reproduced by permission.

Commentary on The 'Tartan Ribbon" the first full colour photographic image.

James Clerk Maxwell's Class of 1856/57 Dr John S Reid

Maxwell at Aberdeen Dr John S Reid

Maxwell at King's College, London Dr John S Reid

Editing Cavendish: Maxwell and The Electrical Researches of Henry Cavendish Dr Isobel Falconer International Conference on the History of Physics, Trinity College, Cambridge, September 2014

Building the Cavendish and time at Cambridge Dr Isobel Falconer, in Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney and Andrew Whitaker (eds), James Clerk Maxwell: Perspectives on his Life and Work (Oxford University Press, 2014)

The Genius o' Glenlair (A wee bit doggerel tae celebrate the Year o' Maxwell 2006) A poem Professor Keith Moffatt, FRS

The man who changed everything A poem inspired by the Edinburgh statue of James Clerk Maxwell Christine De Luca

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