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James Clerk Maxwell Statue

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Statue of Physicist James Clerk Maxwell

The statue of physicist James Clerk Maxwell is at St Andrew Square end of George Street. He was a... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Too smart for Aberdeen University

James Maxwell as a young scientist he wanted to go to Aberdeen University as it was the best at... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another cool statue in the streets of Edinburgh. James Clerk Maxwell. Not a bad sculpting job, I like it.

Thank Adam T
Reviewed 29 October 2017

As a Scot and someone with a background in physics and maths, I've very happy to see this statue to honour a man who has made a monumental contribution to our understanding of physics. The Maxwell equations are the foundation of classical electromagnetism without which...More

Thank macedonboy
Reviewed 25 August 2017

I read in a poll at the millennium that Maxwell was rated the 3rd greatest physicist of all time behind Newton and Einstein. He is the finest scientist Scotland has ever produced, but alas, nowadays is largely forgotten. I would consider him to be a...More

2  Thank johnnymac2017
Reviewed 17 July 2017

The great man sits holding a colour wheel with a dog at his feet. On the pedestal is shown his mathematical equations that advanced the science of electricity and magnetism. The bas-reliefs illustrate further seminal scientific discoveries. Newton is shown splitting light with a prism,...More

1  Thank permia
Reviewed 22 June 2017

The statue of physicist James Clerk Maxwell is at St Andrew Square end of George Street. He was a mathematician and physicist formulating the equations of classical electromagnetic theory. These four equations known as Maxwell's equations are shown on a small plaque at the rear...More

1  Thank nellielim
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Walking along George Street, heading towards the east end, (Saint Andrew Square) in Edinburgh's 'new town', you will come to the statue of James Clerk Maxwell. The statue was revealed in 2008 and is located near to his birthplace which was India Street. James Clerk...More

Thank thetravellingmanUk
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Lots of very old statues in this city, this is another fine example of it.Another learned man, a physician this time, who I am sure looks down proudly as people admire his likeness on the intersection between Georges street and Andrew's square in the city.

Thank Theycallitmadness
Reviewed 20 January 2017

The great Albert Einstein is a hero to many scientists today, but he had heroes of his own, with pictures on his study wall. They were Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727), Michael Faraday (1791–1867), and James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879). As a young man, Maxwell solved the...More

1  Thank jono64a
Reviewed 24 August 2016

James Maxwell as a young scientist he wanted to go to Aberdeen University as it was the best at that time. Sadly they said he wasn't smart enough so he went Edinburgh. A good monument for tourists to learn about electromagnetism and physicsy stuff.

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Good to have a statue (and of equations)but could be better sited...may be in a park or in a shopping mall,somewhere with a greater footfall than the present site which is in the middle of traffic flow...

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