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This web page examines Maxwell's work in two areas. First,applying highly sophisticated mathematical methods, he predicted the existence of electromagnetic waves (1864). Moreover, he calculated the waves would travel at the speed of light. For Maxwell, the great mental breakthrough came in thinking of electricity as an electromagnetic phenomenon and not some sort of mechanical process.Maxwell's other spectacular contribution was in the dynamical theory of gases. His first great paper in the field was published in 1859. Today this subject is part of thermodynamics.

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