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Meet The Expert: James Clerk Maxwell & Electromagnetism
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Meet The Expert: James Clerk Maxwell & Electromagnetism

Meet The Expert: James Clerk Maxwell & Electromagnetism

From mid-October to the end of November, speakers from the University of Aberdeen will take you on a journey through the rich history of physics in Aberdeen with a special focus on the work of James Clerk Maxwell, the Scottish scientist who opened the path to modernity with his study of electromagnetism.

This series of events is free, no booking required, but donations to Satrosphere will be gratefully accepted on the night.

15 October – 500 Years of Physics at Aberdeen (19h-20h30)

Dr Ben Marsden

Join Dr Ben Marsden for a journey through the rich history of Physics at Aberdeen, including James Clerk Maxwell’s time at Marischal College

29 October – The Science, History and Future of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (19h-20h30)

Prof David Lurie

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique used every day in hospitals around the world to diagnose disease. It uses strong magnetic fields and weak pulses of radiowaves to produce extremely detailed pictures of a patient’s internal organs, highlighting abnormal areas. Professor Lurie, Chair in Biomedical Physics at Aberdeen University, will start by explaining how MRI works (no scientific background required!) He will then speak about the personalities and science behind Aberdeen’s early work on MRI, and will complete his talk by describing his research group’s current work on Fast Field-Cycling MRI and how it might lead to earlier and more reliable diagnosis of a range of diseases.

19 November – Maxwell and Electromagnetism (19h-20h30)

Prof Graham Hall

Professor Graham Hall, School of Natural and Computing Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, will start with a short summary of the life of James Clerk Maxwell but will mainly be concerned with a brief history of the electromagnetic theory culminating in the work of Maxwell. The origins of the (separate) ideas of electricity and of magnetism will be explored followed by the attempts to formulate a suitable theory describing them. The experiments of Oersted and Faraday which, to some extent, unified these two topics into the subject of electromagnetism led finally, one hundred and fifty years ago, to the completion of the study by Maxwell and lives on in the form of the celebrated Maxwell’s equations.

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