Latitude & the Magnetic Earth

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Icon Books, 2002 - Science - 249 pages
William Gilbert was the most distinguished man of science in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the father of electrical studies, and the first to consider the Earth as one vast spherical magnet. Giving the drama of Gilbert's discoveries, this book climaxes with a look at geomagnetism via the story of longitude schemes so crucial for today's seafarers.

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Stephen Pumfrey tells the story of a treatise written by William Gilbert (1544-1603) on his theory of magnetic philosophy. Gilbert claimed that the Earth is a giant magnet (or lodestone, as they ... Read full review

Contents

Who was William Gilbert?
11
Navigating the Magnetic Earth
31
The Lost Terrestrial World of Aristotle
42
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Stephen Pumfrey is a senior lecturer in the history of science at Lancaster University.

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