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Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction

Stephen J. Blundell

June 2012

ISBN: 9780199601202

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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What is that strange and mysterious force that pulls one magnet towards another, yet seems to operate through empty space? This is the elusive force of magnetism. In this Very Short Introduction Stephen J. Blundell considers early theories of magnetism, the discovery that Earth is a magnet, and the importance of magnetism in modern technology.

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What is that strange and mysterious force that pulls one magnet towards another, yet seems to operate through empty space? This is the elusive force of magnetism. In this Very Short Introduction Stephen J. Blundell considers early theories of magnetism, the discovery that Earth is a magnet, and the importance of magnetism in modern technology.

  • Explains a fundamental scientific topic and its importance in an accessible way
  • Considers early theories of magnetism including the discovery that the Earth itself is a magnet
  • Explores the work of Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell in unifying magnetism and electricity
  • Looks at the quantum mechanical aspects of magnetism
  • Considers its importance in modern technology, including magnetic storage in computers and the magnetic fields of planets and stars
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Stephen J. Blundell, Professor of Physics, Oxford University Department of Physics and Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford

Stephen J. Blundell is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Mansfield College. He is actively researching the phenomena of magnetism and superconductivity and has published numerous research papers on these topics, as well as three books, Magnetism in Condensed Matter (OUP, 2001), Concepts in Thermal Physics (with K.M. Blundell) (OUP, 2006), and Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2009).

Table of Contents

    1: Mysterious attraction?
    2: The Earth as a magnet
    3: Electrical current and the path to power
    4: Unification
    5: Magnetism and relativity
    6: Quantum magnetism
    7: Spin
    8: The magnetic library
    9: Magnetism on Earth and in space
    10: Exotic magnetism
    Mathematical Appendix
    Further reading

Reviews

"This quite amazing book covers practically everything there is to know about magnetism. Ten seconds after opening the book, having scanned the contents section, I knew I was going to read not only about the birth of magnetism as a branch of scientific study, but also about Maxwells equations, relativity, quantum magnetism and technology. Two pages into the book, and I knew that the book was written in a relaxed, engaging, easy-to-follow style, which the author maintains throughout." - Paul van Kampen, Dublin City University, Contemporary Science

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