James Clerk Maxwell: The Man Who Made the Modern World A 2015 BBC TV documentary in which Professor Iain Stewart reveals the story behind the Scottish physicist who was Einstein's hero. The programme may not be currently available on BBC iPlayer, but several video clips are available at the BBC iWonder page on Maxwell, these include material on the colour wheel & colour triangle, the first colour photograph, and Maxwell’s equations. (Please note, for contractual reasons BBC video material is not available to viewers located outside of the UK.) The entire programme is available for purchase at the BBC Store.
James Clerk Maxwell - What's the go o' that? A short animation from The Glasgow Science Centre.
Inspiring Brilliance: Celebrating Maxwell's Genius and Legacy, a conference at the Royal Society of Edinburgh to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Maxwell’s Equations (the conference report is available from RSE). The following video presentations are now available from RSE:
Maxwell’s Equations: The Tip of an Iceberg Professor Peter Higgs CH FRS FRSE
Maxwell, Field Theory and the Road to Relativity and Quantum Theory Sir Peter Knight FRS
Clerk Maxwell’s Influence on Mathematics Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS HonFRSE HonFREng
The Impact of Maxwell’s Work on Colour and Statistical Physics Professor Malcolm Longair CBE FRS FRSE
The Impact on Astronomy of Maxwell’s Adams Prize Essay Professor Carl Murray
Maxwell, colour vision and the future of digital communication (Demonstation) Peter Reid and Professor Harald Haas
The Impact on Engineering of Maxwell’s Articles on Structural Mechanics Professor Iain McLeod
The Impact on Control Theory and Cybernetics of Maxwell’s Paper On Governors Professor Rodolphe Sepulchre
The Impact of Maxwell’s Demon on Information Theory and Computing Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRAS HonFBAASc
Opening passage and The White Across The Blue from: In Time of Light Two exerts from a work-in-progress by musician P J Moore. This celebrates James Clerk Maxwell’s ‘A dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field’ completed in the summer of 1864 and published in 1865.
The Unification of Electricity and Magnetism Episode 8 of Professor Brian Cox’s series explains how Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell showed that electricity and magnetism are two facets of the same thing.
Maxwell and the Old Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge Simon Schaffer describes the work of Maxwell and his generation, it is part of a longer video called:
A tour round the Old Cavendish Laboratory.
Professor Raymond Flood’s lecture on James Clerk Maxwell from the conference 19th Century Mathematical Physics held jointly by Gresham College and the British Society of the History of Mathematics.
Maxwell's Equations and Electromagnetic Waves: Part 1 and Part 2 Professor Ramamurti Shankar’s Yale lectures
Maxwell's Equations Professor Greg Durgin of Georgia Tech
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