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The Spinning Magnet : Force That Created the Modern World - and Could Destroy It - Alanna Mitchell

The Spinning Magnet

Force That Created the Modern World - and Could Destroy It

Paperback Published: 3rd June 2019
ISBN: 9781786075505
Number Of Pages: 336

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North is north and south is south. Or is it?

Every once in a long while, the Earth's magnetic poles switch places. It's happened many times in deep history, but never since humans walked the planet. After the next big switch, our compasses will point the wrong way and we will no longer be able to see the aurora borealis in Iceland. But that's not all. It might just push us back into the Stone Age.

Beginning with the first investigations into electromagnetism, The Spinning Magnet charts a fascinating history of one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Award-winning science journalist Alanna Mitchell reveals how the Victorians made their pivotal discoveries, delves into unseen and unforeseen natural forces that threaten our planet, and warns of a possible future where solar radiation storms wipe out power grids and electronic communication across the globe.

About the Author

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning science journalist and author of Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, which won the Grantham Prize for environmental journalism. She's written for the New York Times, National Geographic and the Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Industry Reviews

"Stokes the reader's curiosity about one of the most critical but invisible forces in the universe."
BBC Sky at Night

"A compelling yarn describing our historical efforts to understand the force that created the world, and as the subtitle warns, could bring about its end...Destined to become a classic of popular science."
E&T Magazine

"The Earth's magnetic field...tends to be taken for granted. In reality it's a fickle, ill-understood phenomenon. Alanna Mitchell delves into the mystery, in an engrossing book that features a new surprise on every page."
Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture

"A fascinating untold story of science that is full of mystery and intrigue, and written with a great deal of style."
Mark Miodownik, New York Times bestselling author of Stuff Matters, winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize

ISBN: 9781786075505
ISBN-10: 1786075504
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd June 2019
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.31

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