Crichton Conversation with Prof Peter Grant OBE

date_range 7th November, 2023

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Crichton Conversation with Professor Peter Grant OBE FREng FRSE FIEE FIEEE FHEA

Professor Peter Grant’s presentation introduces James Clerk Maxwell, born in 1831, the most important scientist in the era between Newton and Einstein. First we explore Maxwell’s family background and his inquisitive childhood before introducing several of his many scientific advances starting with his work on oval curves when he was only 14 years old and his later prediction of the form and nature of Saturn’s rings. The presentation then concentrates on his two major advances: colour reproduction and his set of 20 equations on the “Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field”, providing the first theory governing electromagnetic wave generation which is so important in today’s world. Maxwell’s legacy is commemorated at the former family estate, Glenlair, and the small museum in his birthplace, 14 India Street, Edinburgh.

This Crichton Conversation is sponsored by the Glenlair Trust
19:30 to 21:00 - Tuesday 7th November
Easterbrook Hall
Bankend Road