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The Resource The spinning magnet : the electromagnetic force that created the modern world--and could destroy it, Alanna Mitchell

The spinning magnet : the electromagnetic force that created the modern world--and could destroy it, Alanna Mitchell

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The spinning magnet : the electromagnetic force that created the modern world--and could destroy it
Title
The spinning magnet
Title remainder
the electromagnetic force that created the modern world--and could destroy it
Statement of responsibility
Alanna Mitchell
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Alanna Mitchell's globe-trotting history of the science of electromagnetism and the Earth's magnetic field--right up to the latest indications that the North and South Poles may soon reverse, with apocalyptic results--will soon change the way you think about our planet. Award-winning journalist Alanna Mitchell's science storytelling introduce intriguing characters--from the thirteenth-century French investigations into magnetism and the Victorian-era discover that electricity and magnetism emerge from the same fundamental force to the latest research. No one has ever told so eloquently how the Earth itself came to be seen as a magnet, spinning in space with two poles, and that those poles have dramatically reversed many time, often coinciding with mass extinctions. The most recent reversal was 780,000 years ago. Mitchell explores indications that the Earth's magnetic force field is decaying faster than previously thought. When the poles switch, a process that takes many years, the Earth is unprotected from solar radiation storms that would, among other disturbances, wipe out much and possible all of our electromagnetic technology. Navigation for all kinds of animals is disrupted without a stable, magnetic North Pole. But can you imagine no satellites, no Internet, no smartphones--maybe no power grids at all?"-- provided by publisher
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DLC
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Mitchell, Alanna
Dewey number
538/.7
Index
index present
LC call number
QC760
LC item number
.M5425 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Electromagnetism
  • Magnetic fields
  • Earth (Planet)
  • Geomagnetism
  • Solar radiation
Target audience
adult
Label
The spinning magnet : the electromagnetic force that created the modern world--and could destroy it, Alanna Mitchell
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-306) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Playing with the universe -- Part I. Magnet -- The beginning of things -- The unpaired spinning electron -- Parking in the shadow of magnetism's forgotten man -- Into whose embrace iron leaps -- Revolutions on paper -- The Earth's magnetic soul -- Voyage into the underworld -- The greatest scientific undertaking the world had ever seen -- The rock that turned the world upside down -- Part II. Current -- Experiment in Copenhagen -- A very intimate relationship -- Jars full of lightning -- The apothecary's son -- The bookbinder's apprentice -- Magnets making currents -- The lines that fill the air -- Part III. Core -- The contorting gyre -- Shocks inside the Earth -- Pharaohs, fairies, and a tar-paper shack -- Zebra skins under the sea -- At the outer edge of the dynamo -- Anomaly to the South -- The worst physics movie ever -- The great hazardous spinning sphere of sodium -- Part IV. Switch -- Looking up -- Horrors the lights foretold -- Lethal patches -- The cost of catastrophe -- Trout noses and pigeon beaks -- A suit of stiff black crayon
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 323 pages
Isbn
9781101985168
Lccn
2017034554
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocn986967236
  • (OCoLC)986967236
  • 976103
Label
The spinning magnet : the electromagnetic force that created the modern world--and could destroy it, Alanna Mitchell
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-306) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Playing with the universe -- Part I. Magnet -- The beginning of things -- The unpaired spinning electron -- Parking in the shadow of magnetism's forgotten man -- Into whose embrace iron leaps -- Revolutions on paper -- The Earth's magnetic soul -- Voyage into the underworld -- The greatest scientific undertaking the world had ever seen -- The rock that turned the world upside down -- Part II. Current -- Experiment in Copenhagen -- A very intimate relationship -- Jars full of lightning -- The apothecary's son -- The bookbinder's apprentice -- Magnets making currents -- The lines that fill the air -- Part III. Core -- The contorting gyre -- Shocks inside the Earth -- Pharaohs, fairies, and a tar-paper shack -- Zebra skins under the sea -- At the outer edge of the dynamo -- Anomaly to the South -- The worst physics movie ever -- The great hazardous spinning sphere of sodium -- Part IV. Switch -- Looking up -- Horrors the lights foretold -- Lethal patches -- The cost of catastrophe -- Trout noses and pigeon beaks -- A suit of stiff black crayon
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 323 pages
Isbn
9781101985168
Lccn
2017034554
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocn986967236
  • (OCoLC)986967236
  • 976103

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