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Maxwell’s Ether: From Wave Optics to the Electromagnetic Theory of Light – 4 October 2023

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Please mark your calendar for 4 October 2023, at 1:00 pm Eastern time, and join us for a virtual presentation! We invite you to celebrate IEEE Day with the IEEE Foundation and IEEE History Center by exploring James Clerk Maxwell’s revolutionary unification of light, electricity and magnetism. The keynote speaker, Daniel Jon Mitchell DPhil., Senior Historian of the IEEE History Center will walk you through the remarkable history of how Maxwell adapted the concept of an all-pervading ether to develop and ground his electromagnetic theory of light. We shall see how, in Maxwell’s hands, the ether became a powerful theoretical tool to substantiate the electromagnetic field—through which he ultimately brought about a profound conceptual transformation of physical reality.

We are excited to have you join us as we present a rich historical picture of Maxwell’s greatest work.

Please register here https://webinars.on24.com/ieeedigital/ieeeday

For additional information, contact Laura Bessey, Donor Relations, at donate@ieee.org or +1 732-465-7817.

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