"...an absorbing account of Maxwell's life and work" (Sunday Telegraph Review, 19th September 2004)
"...provides the reader with the opportunity to understand Maxwell's contributions to modern science and technology." (The Mathematical Gazette, March 2005)
"...a fascinating book about an inspiring man..." (Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, Vol.36, No.3, March 2005)
Leading scientists have always recognised Maxwell as a giant figure and he holds a unique position among them, inspiring both wonder and affection. In life, he was a blend of opposites - a serious man who saw fun everywhere, a hopeless teacher who inspired students, a shy man who was the hub of any gathering where he felt at ease.
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Basil Mahon has done a great job of telling Maxwell life and presenting his contributions to science in a way that a lay person can understand.
Mahon also does a very good job of explaining Maxwell's place in history, with his discovery of the nature of electromagnetic radiation.
Superb bio of a scientist with just the right mix of his thought processes and results without getting buried in the real complexity of his accomplishments.Published 4 months ago by SciStat
Mahon has clear affection for Maxwell. Reprises the major phases of his life in a brief summary. Explains his scientific work in a easy to follow manner. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Clay Garner
The author does a wonderful job of bringing Maxwell to life as both a brilliant scientist and a person. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joel Austin
For some reason James Clerk Maxwell doesn't seem to get the same attention as Newton or Einstein. His development of the Electromagnetic Theory is probably the most important set... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MSE fanatic
This books shows how Maxwell derived his equations which one can understand. Very smart man. Also a good life. Well done.Published 10 months ago by Reviewer xyz
Any author who attempts a life of James Maxwell has the daunting problem of explaining his work to the general reader. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Daniel Putman
Transition from Newton to Einstein. Key relationship to some of Einstein equations anticipated. Speed of light falls out as a constant ratio between units of magnetism and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Workout
Something is missing in this book. It is too hard to follow the development of Maxwell's ideas. Maybe it is me - just an ordinary engineer.
Maxwell was incredible. Up there with Einstein and Newton? I don't know. But a remarkable human being. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Larry