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James Clerk Maxwell

James Clerk Maxwell

In a segment on James Clerk Maxwell, the Nature podcast narrator begins at 22:29:

A hundred and fifty years ago this month, a 30 year old Scotsman called James Clerk Maxwell wrote down the four equations that made him famous.(Nature 2011)

One problem with Nature's introduction is Maxwell's equations did not make him famous, initially.  Another is he did not write down four equations; he wrote down twenty.  It was Oliver Heaviside who simplified Maxwell's equations to the four equations we know and love (or loathe) today, as is documented in two biographies by Basil Mahon: one on James Clerk Maxwell, and the other on Oliver Heaviside.(Mahoon 2004, 2009) Wikipedia also has this documented if you do not have access to the books.
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