James Clerk Maxwell
James Clerk Maxwell was a Scottish theoretical physicist and mathematician. His most important achievement was classical electromagnetic theory, synthesizing all previously unrelated observations, experiments and equations of electricity, magnetism and even optics into a consistent theory. His set of equations—Maxwell's equations—demonstrated that electricity, magnetism and even light are all manifestations of the same phenomenon: the electromagnetic field. From that moment on, all other classic laws or equations of these disciplines became simplified cases of Maxwell's equations. Maxwell's work in electromagnetism has been called the "second great unification in physics", after ... more »
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James Clerk Maxwell Poems
A Problem in Dynamics
An inextensible heavy chain Lies on a smooth horizontal plane, An impulsive force is applied at A, Required the initial motion of K.
At quite uncertain times and places, The atoms left their heavenly path, And by fortuitous embraces, Engendered all that being hath.
Lectures to Women on Physical Science
I. PLACE. -- A small alcove with dark curtains. The class consists of one member.
Lines written under the Conviction That ...
In the sad November time, When the leaf has left the lime, And the Cam, with sludge and slime, Plasters his ugly channel,
Reflex Musings: Reflections from Various...
In the dense entangled street, Where the web of Trade is weaving, Forms unknown in crowds I meet Much of each and all believing;
A Vision of a Wrangler, of a University,...
Deep St. Mary's bell had sounded, And the twelve notes gently rounded Endless chimneys that surrounded My abode in Trinity.
A Student's Evening Hymn
I. Now no more the slanting rays With the mountain summits dally,
Answer to Tait
The mounted disk of ebonite Has whirled before, nor whirled in vain; Rowland of Troy, that doughty knight, Convection currents did obtain
O academic muse that hast for long Charmed all the world with thy disciples’ song, As myrtle bushes must give place to trees, Our humbler strains can now no longer please.
On St. David's Day
To Mrs. E.C. Morrieson ’Twas not chance but deep design,
I've Heard the Rushing
I’ve heard the rushing of mountain torrents, gushing Down through the rocks, in a cataract of spray, Onward to the ocean; Swift seemed their motion,
In Memory of Edward Wilson, Who Repented...
Rigid Body (sings). Gin a body meet a body
Recollections of a Dreamland
Rouse ye! torpid daylight-dreamers, cast your carking cares away! As calm air to troubled water, so my night is to your day; All the dreary day you labour, groping after common sense, And your eyes ye will not open on the night's magnificence.
Horace, Seventh Epode
Whither, whither, reckless Romans, Are you rushing, sword in hand? Has not yet the blood of brothers, Fully stained the sea and land?
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A Problem in Dynamics
An inextensible heavy chain
Lies on a smooth horizontal plane,
An impulsive force is applied at A,
Required the initial motion of K.
Let ds be the infinitesimal link,
Of which for the present we’ve only to think;
Let T be the tension, and T + dT
The same for the end that is nearest to B.
Let a be put, by a common convention,
For the angle at M ’twixt OX and the tension;
Let Vt and Vn be ds’s velocities,
Of which Vt along and Vn across it is;
Then Vn/Vt the tangent will equal,
Of the angle of starting worked out in the sequel.
In working the ...