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In this section we have video and audio resources, our archive of newsletters, and some information on 21st century books about James Clerk Maxwell.

We also have the following documents relating to James Clerk Maxwell. Downloadable documents are in PDF form and will open in a separate window, you may save a copy if desired.  You will need the free Adobe Reader ® installed to read them.

A good selection of our updated wall panels (as displayed at James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace museum) are now available for download.   Colour_Theory
An example is shown here, the downloads are high resolution PDFs which, if printed full size, are 1m high.

Between Newton and Einstein, James Clerk Maxwell Stands Alone - a timeline of Newton, Maxwell & Einstein.

Colour - describes JCM’s contributions to colour theory.

Electromagnetic Theory - generally recognized as Maxwell’s greatest contribution to science.

Governors and Feedback Control - the origins of cybernetics.

Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution - the origins of statistical physics.

Newton Maxwell Einstein - More on the relationship between the work of Newton, Maxwell & Einstein.

Reciprocal Figures for determining forces in framed structures - Maxwell’s contribution to Civil Engineering.

Saturn’s Rings - Maxwells revoltionary theory of the structure of the rings, confirmed by NASAS in 2004!

Transatlantic Cables and the Ohm - Maxwell’s contribution to the Standard of Electrical Resistance.

Aberdeen Wall Panels - we also have a set of wall panels prepared by Dr John Reid for events in Aberdeen, these are particularly oriented to JCM’s period as a Professor at Marischal College, Aberdeen. 

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

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.

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.

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)

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

Obituary tribute to JCM in Scotsman Newspaper

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).

Bibliography for P.G. Tait

Articles etc from recent years

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 Ribbonthe 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


Documents held by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation in printed form only

Tripos List of 1852 and 1854, with Tait as Senior Wrangler (1852) and Maxwell as 2nd Wrangler (1854).

Smith’s Prize List (winners in the different years including Maxwell and Tait).

Obituary Tributes to JCM by  W. Garnett in Nature, and in Royal Society Proceedings (Vol. 33).

Review in Nature by P. G. Tait of JCM’s Scientific Work

List of JCM’s scientific apparatus of his own invention (e.g. colour top, dynamical top, Saturn’s rings etc.)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.

Family tree on Clerk side (father’s side up to present Sir John Clerk of Penicuik)

List of Photographs of JCM

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