The study of manetism
Someone made the fun of magnets possible. Let us know who? The first person to carefully study and record the properties of magnet was William Gilbert of England. His study took seventeen years and finally he published a book in 1600. This book titled De Magnete (The Magnet) disproved many of the superstitions associated with magnetism. The book explained at length the working of a magnetic compass.It declared that the earth itself is a magnet and that’s why a compass needle points north-south. Further, a perfectly spherical lodestone (a natural magnet), when aligned with the Earth's poles, would spin on its axis, just as the Earth spins on its axis over a period of 24 hours. This was opposite to the prevalent scientific belief that the earth was stationary.De Magnete was the first book of its kind and inspired later scientists like Galileo, Kepler & Newton to do further research in the field of magnetism. For his work on magnets, Gilbert came to be known as the ‘Father of Magnetism’.
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