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Stephen Lindsey

James Clerk Maxwell

“From a long view of the history of mankind – seen from, say, ten thousand years from now – there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell’s discovery of the laws of electrodynamics.”

RICHARD FEYNMAN

“Maxwell is the physicist’s physicist.”

STEPHEN HAWKING

“The special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell’s equations of the electromagnetic field.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN

“He achieved greatness unequaled.”

MAX PLANCK

Carl Sagan“The equations were to represent Nature, and Nature is, Maxwell believed, beautiful and elegant… This essentially aesthetic judgement by a nerdish physicist, entirely unknown except to a few other academic scientists, has done more to shape our civilization than any ten recent presidents and prime ministers.”

CARL SAGAN

“When he crossed the bridge from Astronomy to Physics he left behind him for ever the prospect of becoming a great astronomer – but only to become the greatest mathematical physicist the world has seen since Newton.”

JAMES JEANS

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