[maks-wel, -wuh l]
- the centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic flux, equal to the magnetic flux through one square centimeter normal to a magnetic field of one gauss. Abbreviation: Mx
Origin of maxwell
First recorded in 1895–1900; named after J. C. Maxwell
[maks-wel or for 2, 3, -wuh l]
- Elsa,1883–1963, U.S. professional hostess and author.
- James Clerk [klahrk] /klɑrk/, 1831–79, Scottish physicist.
- a male given name.
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Maxwell was not available for comment but has described all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
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Maxwell was not available for comment describes all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
Would you believe, as Maxwell Smart used to say, that the candidate increases his lead?Texas: Where Crazy Gets Elected
February 26, 2014
But Thomas left the ball exposed in one arm, and Maxwell easily stripped him of it.The Impossible Super Bowl Score: First 43-8 Football Game in a Century
February 3, 2014
Part of the reason Democrats have struggled in recent years, according to Maxwell, is because they held the region for so long.Democrats March on the South to Hold Senate Majority in 2014
October 31, 2013
Maxwell's conclusions were adopted by scarcely a physicist in the world.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
He said this with a glance towards the girl which brought the blood to Maxwell's cheeks.
"I see," said Garthorne, with another look at her which Maxwell did not altogether like.
It was on the tip of Maxwell's tongue to ask her to come in and have another drink.
These people understand Mr. Maxwell only too well for their own comfort.
- the cgs unit of magnetic flux equal to the flux through one square centimetre normal to a field of one gauss. It is equivalent to 10 –8 weberSymbol: Mx
C20: named after James Clerk Maxwell
- James Clerk. 1831–79, Scottish physicist. He made major contributions to the electromagnetic theory, developing the equations (Maxwell equations) upon which classical theory is based. He also contributed to the kinetic theory of gases, and colour vision
- (Ian) Robert, original name Robert Hoch. 1923–91, British publisher, born in Slovakia: founder (1949) of Pergamon Press; chairman of Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd. (1984–91); theft from his employees' pension funds and other frauds discovered after his death led to the collapse of his business
- The unit of magnetic flux in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to the flux perpendicularly intersecting an area of one square centimeter in a region where the magnetic intensity is one gauss.
- Scottish physicist who developed four laws of electromagnetism showing that light is composed of electromagnetic waves. He also investigated heat and the kinetic theory of gases, and he experimented with color vision, producing the first color photograph in 1861.
Biography: James Clerk Maxwell was only fourteen years old when he published his first paper-an accomplishment for anyone, but especially for one who was thought by his first tutor to be slow-witted. His precocious talents, especially in mathematics, did not go unrecognized by others, however, and he started making lasting contributions to science while still very young. In his 20s, he wrote a prize-winning essay in which he showed, based on laws of classical physics, that Saturn's rings were not a single object, but a collection of small objects-a finding not confirmed until over 120 years later, when the Voyager space probe reached the planet. His most famous work was his demonstration, done while he was in his 30s, of the existence of electromagnetic waves and his conclusion that light was also part of the electromagnetic spectrum. This set of discoveries was of fundamental importance for 20th-century physics, as it paved the road for Einstein's theories of relativity and for quantum theory. Other novel ideas of Maxwell's led to the establishment of such diverse fields as information theory and cybernetics. Little wonder, then, that Einstein said, on the centenary of Maxwell's birth in 1931, that his work had been the most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton.
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