@Keith - Tyson mentioned that Faraday took seriously his family's "fundamentalist" Christian faith, but nothing more than that.
Since the word 'fundamentalist' has become something of a derogatory adjective in modern Western culture, I couldn't help but wonder if that was a deliberate usage.
For Maxwell, Tyson mentioned his family background, but nothing about Maxwell's faith.
What did you think of the presentation of Maxwell's Equations in their modern PDE form, to a general audience for whom that math would not be terribly illuminating? I doubt that most of the people watching would even understand what Tyson was talking about when he mentioned how Maxwell added the displacement current term to the Ampere's law (curl H) equation, without actually explaining why, really.
Other than the above, it was a good program - learning more about how Faraday came to be in Davy's employ, and Davy's attempt to sidetrack him, were interesting. I thought it was almost providential that Faraday's time in the glassworks would provide him with the means to discover the influence of a magnetic field on polarized light. Too bad they didn't tell us what was so special about the glass brick, though. The Faraday Effect
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