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Hidden Attraction: The History and Mystery of Magnetism
     

Hidden Attraction: The History and Mystery of Magnetism

by Gerrit L. Verschuur
 

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The author, a noted astronomer, traces the history of our fascination with magnetism, from the mystery & superstition that propelled the first alchemical experiments with lodestone, through the more tangible works of Faraday, Maxwell, Hertz & other great pioneers of magnetism, to state-of-the-art theories that see magnetism as a basic force in the universe. Boasting

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The author, a noted astronomer, traces the history of our fascination with magnetism, from the mystery & superstition that propelled the first alchemical experiments with lodestone, through the more tangible works of Faraday, Maxwell, Hertz & other great pioneers of magnetism, to state-of-the-art theories that see magnetism as a basic force in the universe. Boasting many informative illustrations, this is an adventure of the mind, using the specific phenomenon of magnetism to show how superstition was replaced by experimentation. An uncommonly readable volume . . .the approach is exemplary. Fascinating. Well-written & exciting.

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A journey through humanity's fascination with magnetism, from the ancient Greeks to the latest theories (no facts yet, ma'am, sorry) that propose magnetism as one of the basic forces of the universe. Verschuur (astronomy, Rhodes College, Memphis Tennessee) is author of the well received The Invisible Universe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198022978
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Gerrit L. Verschuur is Research Professor of Astronomy at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, and contributing editor of Air and Space Magazine. He has written numerous popular science articles, as well as eight previous books.

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