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Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell originated the idea of electromagnetic radiation. His ideas formed the basis for quantum mechanics.
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Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, born in 1831, originated the idea of electromagnetic radiation. His work laid the foundations for Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity. He also determined the nature of Saturn's rings and produced the kinetic theory of gases. Maxwell's ideas are the basis for quantum mechanics, and ultimately the theory of the structure of atoms and molecules.
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