James Maxwell #0
James Clerk Maxwell (1831 – 1879) was a Scottish scientist who is most famous for his classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, which for the first time brought together electricity, magnetism and light as different manifestations of the same phenomenon.
This unification by Maxwell is considered a scientific landmark comparable to the work done by Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.
In fact, when Einstein was asked if he had stood on the shoulders of Newton, he replied: “No, I stand on Maxwell’s shoulders.”
Maxwell, through his equations of electromagnetism, paved the way for major technological innovations including the television and the microwave.
Apart from his work in electromagnetism, Maxwell accurately described the reason for the stability of Rings of Saturn; made important contributions to Colour Theory in Optics; and wrote the founding paper on the field of cybernetics.
Let us know more about the achievements of one of the giants of physics through his 10 major contributions to science, in the 10 cards to follow.