Postcard from Edinburgh: A Towering Likeness of James Clerk Maxwell
Our friend and colleague Michael Flannery is, as you know, in Edinburgh, Scottland, conducting research on Wallace and Darwin. He sent along these two neat snaps:
One of the giants of 19th-century science is James Clerk Maxwell, a mathematical physicist who discovered the theory of electromagnetism, which arguably founded modern physics. Albert Einstein said of him, "Since Maxwell's time, physical reality has been thought of as represented by continuous fields, and not capable of any mechanical interpretation. This change in the conception of reality is the most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton." High praise indeed!
Since 2008 this Scottish scientist has been recognized -- literally -- as the towering figure he is with this statue at St. Andrew Square on George Street in the heart of Edinburgh.
What is less known is that Maxwell believed strongly in nature's design. To learn more about Maxwell's views in this regard see this on ENV from Michael Egnor. Of course, there are always those who want to re-write history and deny Maxwell the obvious ID connection, a claim addressed here.