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The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force That Created the Modern World--and Could Destroy It
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The mystery of Earth's invisible, life-supporting powerAlanna 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?Alanna Mitchell offers a beautifully crafted narrative history of surprising ideas and science, illuminating invisible parts of our own planet that are constantly changing around us.
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An engrossing history of the science of one of the four fundamental physical forces in the universe, electromagnetism, right up to the latest indications that the poles are soon to reverse and destroy the world's power grids and electronic communications
A cataclysmic planetary phenomenon is gathering force deep within the Earth. The magnetic North Pole will eventually trade places with the South Pole. Satellite evidence suggests to some scientists that the move has already begun, but most still think it won't happen for many decades. All agree that it has happened many times before and will happen again. But this time it will be different. It will be a very bad day for modern civilization.
Award-winning science journalist Alanna Mitchell tells in The Spinning Magnet the fascinating history of one of the four fundamental physical forces in the universe, electromagnetism. From investigations into magnetism in thirteenth-century feudal France and the realization...
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The mystery of Earth's invisible, life-supporting power
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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?
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      • content: Narrator P.J. Ochlan's tone is like that of a patient science teacher, an approach that is a boon for this audiobook. The spinning magnet of its title is our own planet, whose magnetic field is a fundamental force in our lives, even if it goes mostly unnoticed unless we're holding a compass. Mitchell is a journalist, not a geophysicist, and her narrative is mostly nontechnical. But there are several concepts that need detailed explanations, and Ochlan delivers them clearly. He even manages not to sound alarmist when describing how one day Earth's poles may reverse (as they have many times in the distant past), wreaking havoc on our technology. Mitchell weaves the physics around human stories, including her own travels and interviews with researchers, which gives Ochlan more freedom to stretch as a storyteller. D.B. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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