April 1961

On the Magnet: The Collector's Series in Science

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By William Gilbert, edited by Derek J. Price. Price, not given. Pp. 67, with many figures. Basic Books, Inc., 59 Fourth Ave., New York 3, 1958.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(4):627-628. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620040153031

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Inc., 59 Fourth Ave., New York 3, 1958.

The second in the Collector's Series in Science brought out by Basic Books, Inc. of New York City, is a reproduction of Gilbert's classical book De Magnete, a book of great rarity. In a sense Gilbert was one of the first scientific specialists and one of the first to raise himself out of the cosmic chaos which resulted from looking on the works of Aristotle as the ultimate source of truth and from giving small heed to observation. Nor did Gilbert get lost in an effort to encompass the whole of knowledge as were those who essayed to be encyclopedists. He took for his problem magnetism. He not only gathered a compendium of all current knowledge, but did much experimental work. Thus he made his way scientifically through a complete field of inquiry. Indeed he was the first to do so. His

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