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Coloured portrait of physicist James Clerk Maxwell

Coloured portrait of physicist James Clerk Maxwell

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James Maxwell. Coloured portrait of James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), Scottish physicist. Maxwell graduated in mathematics and applied his knowledge to various physical problems. In 1864 he formulat- ed Maxwell's equations, which joined together the different phenomena of electricity and magnetism into a new electromagnetic theory. He also worked out, independently of Boltzmann, the Maxwell- Boltzmann distribution of velocities for the molecules of a gas, which shows how they depend on the gases temperature. In 1857 he established theoretically the nature of the rings of the planet Saturn, a result later confirmed by Keeler. Maxwell demonstrated colour photography in 1861.

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