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  • James Clerk Maxwell (b. June 13, 1831 - November 5, 1879) was a Scottish mathematician and theoretical physicist. His most significant achievement was aggregating a set of equations in electricity, magnetism and inductance — eponymously named Maxwell's equations — including an important modification of Ampère's Circuital Law. It was the most unified model of electromagnetism yet. It is famous for introducing to the physics community a detailed model of light as an electromagnetic phenomena, building upon the earlier hypothesis advanced by Faraday (Faraday Effect). Maxwell Montes, a mountain range on Venus, one of only three features on the planet that are not given female names, is named in his honor.
  • Discovered in Lunik 3 imaging of farside and named in Atlas of the Far Side of the Moon and approved by the IAU in 1961 (Whitaker, p 232).

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A certain Maxwell in the Sourcebook Project (William R. Corliss)

- In Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (1979) :
  • Page 665: The ether-drift experiment and the determination of the absolute motion of the earth (Dayton C. Miller, Nature, 1934).
According to this article, the ether-drift experiment was first suggested by Maxwell in 1878. I am not familiar with ether-drift experiments, but I have to find out who this Maxwell was. Was it perhaps James Clerk Maxwell? - DannyCaes DannyCaes Apr 26, 2015

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