Maxwell Invitation Suite
James Clerk Maxwell was a Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same phenomenon. This theory, one of the most important discoveries of nineteenth-century physics, helped usher in the era of modern physics. It defined the fields of electromagnetism, optics, and circuits, and laid the foundation for special relativity and quantum mechanics. Maxwell’s equations were used to create all electric, optical, and radio technologies, including electric motors, wireless communication, cameras, televisions, and computers. The designs in this suite are drawings of spherical harmonics from his Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism.