James Clerk Maxwell

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Preliminary Entry

James Clerk Maxwell was born in Edinburgh in 1831 into prosperous middle class family. He was a precocious intellectual and was sent to school at the Edinburgh Academy where, at the age of 14, he published his first scientific paper on the geometry of the ellipse. He entered the University of Edinburgh at the age of 16, moving in 1850 to the University of Cambridge. Whilst his genius as a physicist was recognised by all, it was also noted that his brilliant realisations were often achieved via mathematical arguments which did not withstand critical inspection. Maxwell's early achievements were diverse, ranging from theories about the constitution of Saturn's rings which have only recently been confirmed, …

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Editors. "James Clerk Maxwell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2005
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