Math in the Physical Sciences

Chemistry and Math

What other contributions did Ludwig Boltzmann and James Maxwell make to science?

Boltzmann and Maxwell’s contributions to science didn’t stop at the Boltzmann equation. Boltzmann is considered the founder of statistical mechanics. He also developed a statistical interpretation of the second law of thermodynamics.

Maxwell contributed much more to the sciences. For example, he is well known for writing four equations that summarize the relationship between electricity and magnetism, collectively called Maxwell’s equations. He also showed mathematically that an oscillating electric and magnetic field would propagate through space at the speed of light—meaning that light was a form of electromagnetic radiation.


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