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James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) was one of the outstanding scientists of the nineteenth century, and is famous for producing a unified theory of electro-magnetic radiation that brought into a single field theory electricity, magnetism and light, and predicted the existence of radio waves. He wrote this hymn at Cambridge in around 1850. It is interesting in that its emphasis on the unity of creation points to his interest in unifying theories of the kind that were later to make him famous. This is a very interesting example of a kind of theology known as teleology. Freylinghausen's chorale, "Jesus ist das schönste Licht," was used by J. S. Bach as the basis for his Aria of the same name (BWV 474).

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James Clerk Maxwell, FRS, FRSE (1831-1879)


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