James Clerk Maxwell – A Student’s Evening Hymn

  • Article (poem, PDF)
  • 460 words
  • Level: all audiences

James Clerk Maxwell is one of the most important figures in the history of science. Students in physics courses everywhere study “Maxwell’s Equations” that mathematically describe electromagnetic waves. These waves include light, radio, x-rays, etc. They are how astronomers learn about the universe and they are the basis of all wireless communication technology, including smart phones. Maxwell was a devout Christian, and a poet. Here we see both his interest in science and his faith reflected in one of his poems.

Click here for Maxwell’s poem from The Life of James Clerk Maxwell: With a Selection from His Correspondence (1882).

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