Thursday, 28 February 2013

James Clerk Maxwell

On Tuesday 5 March we are holding a joint meeting with KESS (Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society).
Professor Jim Penman from the University of Strathclyde will be speaking to us about " The Genius of James Clerk Maxwell".

Born in Edinburgh and buried at Parton Kirk near Castle Douglas, James Clerk Maxwell is one of the most influential scientists of all time. Albert Einstein acknowledged that the origins of the special theory of relativity lay in Clerk Maxwell's theories, saying “The work of James Clerk Maxwell changed the world forever”.

Clerk Maxwell's research into electromagnetic radiation led to the development of television, mobile phones, radio and infra-red telescopes. The largest astronomical telescope in the world, at Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii, is named in his honour.

It should be a most informative and enjoyable evening.

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