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The History of Magnetism

Valuable websites dealing with the history of magnetism are:

400 Years of De Magnete - website hosted by NASA commemorating the 400th anniversary of "De Magnete" - http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/earthmag/demagint.htm

A guide to Magnetism throughout the ages - http://www.tcd.ie/Physics/Schools/what/materials/magnetism/top.html


Magnetic experiments have provided “fascinating and instructive fun” since the late sixteenth century. Alfred Carleton Gilbert, the great U.S. maker of scientific toys, traced his ancestry back to the author of De Magnete.

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