A New Physiology, Demonstrated With Many Arguments And Experiments....
|Title||:||william gilbert of colchester physician of london on the loadstone and magnetic bodies and on the great magnet the earth 1893|
|Number of Pages||:||436 Pages|
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william gilbert of colchester physician of london on the loadstone and magnetic bodies and on the great magnet the earth 1893 Reviews
Refreshed my memory of hypothesis testing, and this book really added to my knowledge about magnetism. Meticulous in his method of experiment, he conveys his science in an accessible way. Thanx for this, lad! Recommended for any who would learn Science and its methods.
Three hundred plus pages on how a magnet works. Unsurprisingly, not the most irresistible reading, but it’s a book that has to be appreciated for the time in which it was written. Detailed in his observations and specific in how to recreate his experiments, Gilbert scientifically debunks and discovers the secrets of the loadstone. Rubbing garlic on it doesn’t diminish its magnetic properties (true), heat will destroy a magnet (sort of true, if heated to Curie temp, but it’s reversible), and the planets circle the sun because of magnetism (wrong, but still impressive in that the heliocentric argument inspired Galileo). Gilbert also spurred the use of the word electricity, and recognized it as a separate force from magnetism, when discussing the static electricity amber produces when rubbed (electricus is the Latin for “amber-like”). Even the layman like myself can appreciate the foundation Gilbert lays for those who would shortly follow him. Toward the end, it gets a bit detailed in how to reconstruct magnetic tests which I wasn’t about to do. I’m a product of my time and I recall a lot of the basics from my 5th grade science class. Ultimately, for the 21st century, it’s a long book about magnets.
William Gilbert of Colchester was the first person to set out clearly in print the essence of the scientific method of testing hypotheses by experiment. He also made discoveries in the field of magnetism that were not improved on for two centuries, and he wrote a book on magnetism, published in 1600 when Shakespeare was the toast of London, which is a great read and hugely entertaining even if you care nothing about science. “In the discovery of hidden things,” he wrote, “stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments and demonstrated arguments than from probable conjectures and the opinions of philosophical speculators . . . ” and he railed against the “lettered clowns, grammatists, sophists, spouters and the wrong-headed rabble” who attempted to unravel the mysteries of the Universe solely by thinking about them, without doing experiments.
Man you are a cocky writer. If you weren't 400 years dead I don't think I'd let you get away with that ridiculous froofy neck collar.