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1. Bibliography for James Clerk Maxwell. (Major update in October 2007.)
2. 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.
3. List of books in JCM’s Scientific Library,
4. Tripos List of 1852 and 1854, with Tait as Senior Wrangler (1852) and Maxwell as 2nd Wrangler (1854).
5. Smith’s Prize List (winners in the different years including Maxwell and Tait).
6. Stokes Smith’s Prize Paper of 1854 sat by JCM, with Stokes’ Theorem as a question.
7. 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.
8. Obituary Tributes to JCM by (1) Professor P. G. Tait in Trans. Royal Soc. Edinburgh (2) W. Garnett in Nature (3) in Royal Society Proceedings (Vol. 33) and (4) in Scotsman Newspaper,
9. Review in Nature by P. G. Tait of JCM’s Scientific Work
10. List of JCM’s scientific apparatus of his own invention (e.g. colour top, dynamical top, Saturn’s rings etc.)
11. Bibliography for P.G. Tait.
12. 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 by Professor Keith Moffatt, FRS
Why is Maxwell’s Theory so hard to understand?
an essay by Professor Freeman J Dyson, FRS
Out of a job in Aberdeen
a review by Professor Sir Roger Penrose, FRS
A hard day’s night
a review by Professor A Pais
Aspects of the Life and Work of Peter Guthrie Tait
an essay by Dr. Chris Pritchard.
13. JCM Commemorative Booklet for ICIAM Conference,
14. Article ‘What became of the Senior Wranglers?’-Mathematical Spectrum(updated version).
15. Article ‘The Origins of the Clerk (Maxwell) Genius’-Bulletin of IMA.
16. Article ‘James Clerk Maxwell: Maker of Waves’,
17. Article, ‘The Remarkable Story of Maxwell and Tait’, SMC Journal.
18. Article ‘James Clerk Maxwell: his qualities of mind and personality as judged by his contemporaries’- in Mathematics To-day,
19. Family Tree of Cays (mother’s side) includes some 150 relatives to present day including a former Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; mathematician at Bell Labs. USA etc.
20. Family tree on Clerk side (father’s side up to present Sir John Clerk of Penicuik)
21. List of Photographs of JCM
22. Article “Maxwell distribution of molecular velocities”
23. Article “James Clerk Maxwell - Scotland’s Greatest Physicist” -The Scotsman
by Prof Malcolm Longair, FRSE, FRS
24. 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.
25. 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)
26. From the Times of 1882? , a review of the 1882 book:-
“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.
27. “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.”
An article about the statue by Prof. Duncan Macmillan FRSE, published on the 5th December 2008, reproduced by kind permission of The Scotsman.
28. Commentary on The “Tartan Ribbon”, the first full colour photographic image.
ALSO: We have a couple of Maxwell’s Animations:
“Wheel of Life” and “Jumping Circles”