A public lecture with music to celebrate the life and work of the game-changing Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell. Maxwell was a member of the Clerk family of Penicuik. He was fond of the poetry of Burns, he was known to sing and accompany himself on guitar and he wrote poems, some of them amusing, some thought provoking. Prof Tom Stevenson of the Museum of Communication will present a biography of Maxwell and will describe some of his major contributions to science which have had a huge impact on our modern way of life. Maxwell analysed the perception of colour and demonstrated colour photography, thus establishing the science of modern colour printing and digital imaging. Perhaps the greatest contribution was his work on the physics of electricity, magnetism and light which laid the foundation for wireless communication that plays such a major role in our lives today. As well as stories from his childhood and personal life as well as explanations of some of his scientific work, the lecture will be interspersed with music. Some of Maxwell's poems have been set to music by Andy Munro. These will be performed by Andy and his daughter, Flora, with support from musicians Dave Elliot and John Sampson. This event is free and no booking is required.
Sat 27 Oct: 1430 – 1610 in Biosphere.