Nurturing Genius: the Childhood and Youth of Kelvin and Maxwell

  • John Lekner The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, P O Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4675-9242

Abstract

William Thomson and James Clerk Maxwell, nineteenth century natural philosophers, were friends and colleagues (Thomson was Maxwell’s senior by seven years). This historical note gives a description of their early lives, with emphasis on the influence of their fathers and of Cambridge on their development.

Author Biography

John Lekner, The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, P O Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand

John Lekner is Emeritus Professor of theoretical physics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. After an MSc at the University of Auckland and PhD at the University of Chicago, he taught at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, where he was also Fellow and Tutor in Physics at Emmanuel College. He has worked in statistical physics, electromagnetism, quantum theory and theory of fluids. He is the author of 148 papers and of the book Theory of Reflection (2ed, Springer 2016). Currently he is preparing another book on the Theory of Electromagnetic Pulses.

Published
2017-10-06
How to Cite
LEKNER, John. Nurturing Genius: the Childhood and Youth of Kelvin and Maxwell. Substantia, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, oct. 2017. ISSN 2532-3997. Available at: <http://riviste.fupress.net/index.php/subs/article/view/33>. Date accessed: 20 apr. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-33.
Section
Historical Articles