Edmond Halley and the magnetic field of the earth

  title={Edmond Halley and the magnetic field of the earth},
  author={Alan Hugh Cook},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={473 - 490}
  • A. Cook
  • Published 22 September 2001
  • Geology, Physics
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Edmond Halley was interested in magnetism from his schooldays to the end of his life, and of all his notable contributions to natural knowledge, his survey of the magnetic field over the Atlantic Ocean surely stands out both for its achievement at the time and for its lasting value. His identification of the westerly drift and his speculations about its origin, his description of aurorae and his connection of them with the geomagnetic field, all demonstrate his physical insight, the grounds for… 
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