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Statue of James Clerk Maxwell


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Alex Pratt
Time of observation
23/06/2017 - 10:00
Statue of James Clerk Maxwell
Observing location
George Street, Edinburgh
Canon EOS 500D
24mm f/2.8 lens
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Statue of James Clerk Maxwell, FRS FRSE (1831 - 1879) - Scotland's Einstein.

Maxwell was a mathematical physicist and his greatest contribution was in unifying electricity, magnetism and light in his equations of electromagnetism.

As a young man he studied the nature of Saturn's rings and demonstrated mathematically that they must be comprised from a myriad particles in independent orbits.

He is not depicted holding a model of the Starship Enterprise, rather it represents one of his colour wheels. Maxwell expanded on the investigations of Newton and Young into our perception of colour and he undertook numerous experiments observing a fast spinning wheel that had sectors of different colours. He showed that human colour response is based upon the primary colours red, green and blue.

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