(Maxwell, James Clerk) Goldman, Martin | The Demon in the Aether
First edition, first impression of this biography of physicist James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879).
Maxwell was the first scientist to describe electricity, light, and magnetism as different manifestations of the same phenomenon, and to demonstrate that light and magnetic fields travel through space as waves. His equations for electromagnetism are considered the second great unification of physics, Newton’s laws having been the first, and they laid the groundwork for special relativity and quantum mechanics.
...The Story of James Clerk Maxwell. Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing in association with Adam Hilger Ltd, 1983.
Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. 6 double-sided plates. Very slightly rubbed at the extremities. An excellent copy in the price-clipped and lightly rubbed jacket with some fading of the spine panel and adjacent portions of the other panels.