Driving force : the natural magic of magnets / James D. Livingston.

Author
Livingston, James D., 1930- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
Description
xiv, 311 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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Summary note
  • Driving Force unfolds the long and colorful history of magnets: how they guided (or misguided) Columbus; mesmerized eighteenth-century Paris but failed to fool Benjamin Franklin; lifted AC power over its rival, DC, despite all the animals, one human among them, executed along the way; led Einstein to the theory of relativity; helped defeat Hitler's U-boats; inspired writers from Plato to Dave Barry.
  • In a way that will delight and instruct even the nonmathematical among us, James Livingston shows us how scientists today are creating magnets and superconductors that can levitate high-speed trains, produce images of our internal organs, steer high-energy particles in giant accelerators, and - last but not least - heat our mourning coffee.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-298) and index.
Contents
  • 1. A Magical Force
  • 2. Romancing the Stones
  • 3. Magnus Magnes
  • 4. Supermagnets
  • 5. Superconducting Magnets
  • 6. Inside Magnets and Superconductors
  • 7. Attractors, Movers, and Shakers
  • 8. AC, RF, TV, and EAS
  • 9. Thanks for the Memories
  • 10. Up with Magnets!
  • 11. Magnets at War
  • 12. Magnets at Play
  • 13. Mesmerism and Magnetic Therapy
  • 14. Medicine and MRI
  • 15. Biomagnetism
  • 16. Source of the Force
  • 17. Pulling It Together.
ISBN
067421644X (alk. paper)
LCCN
95039595
OCLC
33103702
RCP
C - S
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