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Latitude and the Magnetic Earth: Revolutions in Science
"William Gilbert, royal physician to Queen Elizabeth I, was the most distinguished man of science to emerge from her reign. He is the inventor of the term 'electricity', the father of electrical studies, the creator of modern magnetic science and - most famously - the discoverer of the Earth's magnetic nature. Yet, incredibly, he is largely unknown." Through close contact ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 7th 1999 by Totem Books
(first published December 31st 1950)
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I was expecting more of a biography than this turned out to be. It seems really little is known of William Gilbert's private life which is a shame considering he was Doctor/physician to Elizabeth 1. Gilbert's theory of latitudes and of magnets is fully covered though and although I found some sections a bit dry, many people into physics will love it and it gives a fairly complete magnetic theory timeline with references to Kepler, Bruno and Dr Dee and many navigators of the period.