ISSN 0869-6632 (Print)
ISSN 2542-1905 (Online)

For citation:

Guslyakova O. I., Levin Y. I. James Clerk Maxwell: two remarkable dates. Izvestiya VUZ. Applied Nonlinear Dynamics, 2014, vol. 22, iss. 6, pp. 108-126. DOI: 10.18500/0869-6632-2014-22-6-108-126

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0).
Article type: 
537.8(09)+929 Максвелл

James Clerk Maxwell: two remarkable dates

Guslyakova Olga Igorevna, Saratov State University
Levin Yurij Ivanovich, Saratov State University

This article considers events in which great Scotchman J.C. Maxwell played principal role  and the significance for the evolution of the world culture, which cannot be overestimated. There are two anniversaries in 2014: first, 150 years of the publication of his final work on the theory of the electromagnetic field, and second, 140 years of the organizing Cavendish Laboratory under his leadership, becoming the world centre of science. Questionable dates associated with these events are discussed.

  1. Maxwell JC. A Dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. 1865;155:459-512.
  2. Maxwell JC. Selected Works on the Theory of the Electromagnetic Field. Moscow: Gostechizdat; 1954. 688 p. (in Russian).
  3. Dorfman JG. World History of Physics. Moscow: Nauka; 1979 (in Russian).
  4. Plank M. James Clerk Maxwell and it’s significance for theoretical physics in Germany. In: James Clerk Maxwell: Articles of Speech. Moscow: Nauka; 1968 (in Russian).
  5. Peierls RE. Field Theory since Maxwell. In: James Clerk Maxwell: Articles of Speech. Moscow: Nauka; 1968 (in Russian).
  6. Klaus EM. James Clerk Maxwell. In: James Clerk Maxwell: Articles of Speech. Moscow: Nauka; 1968 (in Russian).
  7. The emergence and development of the theory of the electromagnetic field [Electronic resource]. Young Explorer's Library; 2014. Available from:
  8. Sommerfeld A. Electrodynamics. Academic Press; 1964. 386 p.
  9. Feynman R, Leighton R, Sands M. The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Vol. 5. Electricity and Magnetism. Moscow: Publishing House «Mir»; 1966. 304 p. (in Russian).
  10. The history of Cavendish [Electronic resource]. University of Cambridge. Department of Physics. Available from:
  11. Available from:
  12. Zotikov I. In Cambridge, I was looking for Cambridge [Electronic resource]. Around the World. 29-30 Oct. 2006. Available from:
  13. Pippard AB. The Cavendish tradition. Nature. 1974;249:602-603. DOI: 10.1038/249602a0.
  14. Dmitriev BS, Levin YI. On the discovery of an electron. Izvestiya VUZ. Applied Nonlinear Dynamics. 1997;5(5):107 (in Russian).
  15. Nobel Prize winners in physics [Electronic resource]. Electronic Library. Science and Technology; 1998. Available from:
Short text (in English):
(downloads: 107)