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Inspiring Brilliance: Celebrating Maxwell's Genius and Legacy

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10:00 – 17:00 9 Nov 2015
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The Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2PQ

Speakers: Professor Peter Higgs CH FRS FRSE; Sir Peter Knight FRSE; Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS PPRSE; Professor Jim Al-Khalili FRAS HonFBAASc; Professor Malcolm Longair FRS FRSE

James Clerk Maxwell ranks alongside Newton and Einstein as one of the world’s great physicists. In designating this year as the International Year of Light, UNESCO explicitly highlight the importance of 2015 as marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Maxwell’s Equations. Maxwell’s impact extends well beyond this outstanding contribution; to enabling developments in colour theory, colour photography, statistical physics, information theory, Saturn’s rings, mechanical stress analysis and control theory. In this meeting, we bring together many eminent speakers to explore the legacy of Maxwell’s genius today, which continues to impact on many scientific and technological aspects of our modern society, from mobile phones and cybernetics to the discovery of the Higgs boson. The talks will be accessible to a wide audience.

The evening will close with a reception and the official unveiling of a new Maxwell plaque at the University of Edinburgh's Playfair Library Hall, Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL. There will also be guided tours of the James Clerk Maxwell House on India Street on the morning of the 10 November.

Event type: Conference
Sponsored by: James Clerk Maxwell Foundation
Co-sponsored by: University of Edinburgh
Organised by: Royal Society of Edinburgh
Contact details: http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/events/event.php?id=410 
Tel: 0131 240 2780
email: events@royalsoced.org.uk

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10:00 – 17:00 9 Nov 2015
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