[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
April 1961

On the Magnet: The Collector's Series in Science

Author Affiliations

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

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


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

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview