A NUMBER of letters have commented on the lack of public knowledge of James Clerk Maxwell and his achievements in mathematics and science (Letters, August 8, 9, 10 and 11).
William Scott sees fit to comment on Glenlair, the home of Professor Maxwell from 1833 until his death in 1879. Glenlair has been my home since 1950. In 2008, I set up a charity, The Maxwell At Glenlair Trust, to preserve Maxwell's home. A lot of money was raised, principally in the US, where Maxwell is truly appreciated.
There are now no elms growing out of the walls and indeed, with plans already advanced to rebuild the property to that existing in Maxwell's time, those followers of Maxwell can rest easy that his memory, certainly at Glenlair, has been adequately secured. I would recommend a visit to my website – www.glenlair.org.uk.
R Duncan Ferguson,
Dumfries and Galloway.
That anyone should have rated "the most influential persons in history" is an entirely subjective matter, which anyone else would rate differently (Letters, August 11). Michael H Hart probably never read Maxwell's science nor understood his contribution. Nor has Dr Waugh, I feel certain; nor is it of interest what else Maxwell might have discovered.
Perhaps, had Newton lived long enough, he would have discovered what Einstein did. The latter, had he lived until the end of the 20th century, might have invented the boson for which Higgs is now celebrated. He did not and it does not matter.
The questions of interest are: what did Maxwell's genius achieve and how? And why is it not better celebrated among the Scots? Until we learn to value the best productions of our people, we will never maximise them. They have a prodigious capacity to inspire future generations.
23 Argyle Place,
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