Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon: The Life and Science of James Clerk Maxwell

Author:   Brian Clegg
Publisher:   Icon Books Ltd
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Pages:   304
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
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Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon: The Life and Science of James Clerk Maxwell


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Asked to name a great physicist, most people would mention Newton or Einstein, Feynman or Hawking. But ask a physicist and there's no doubt that James Clerk Maxwell will be near the top of the list. Maxwell, an unassuming Victorian Scotsman, explained how we perceive colour. He uncovered the way gases behave. And, most significantly, he transformed the way physics was undertaken in his explanation of the interaction of electricity and magnetism, revealing the nature of light and laying the groundwork for everything from Einstein's special relativity to modern electronics. Along the way, he set up one of the most enduring challenges in physics, one that has taxed the best minds ever since. 'Maxwell's demon' is a tiny but thoroughly disruptive thought experiment that suggests the second law of thermodynamics, the law that governs the flow of time itself, can be broken. This is the story of a groundbreaking scientist, a great contributor to our understanding of the way the world works, and his duplicitous demon.

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Author:   Brian Clegg
Publisher:   Icon Books Ltd
Imprint:   Icon Books Ltd
ISBN:  

9781785784958


ISBN 10:   1785784951
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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'Clegg's accessible presentation offers insight into everything from Aristotelian science to black holes and string theory as it reveals the complexities ... of a familiar force.'--Publishers Weekly on Gravity


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Brian Clegg's most recent books are The Reality Frame (Icon, 2017) and Enigma (Icon, 2018). His Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity were both longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has written for Nature, BBC Focus, Physics World, The Times and The Observer.

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