Author:William Gilbert (1544-1603)
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|English physician, astronomer, physicist and natural philosopher. He was an early Copernican, and passionately rejected both the prevailing Aristotelian philosophy and the Scholastic method of university teaching. He is remembered today largely for his book De Magnete (1600), and is credited as one of the originators of the term electricity; regarded by some as the father of electrical engineering or electricity and magnetism.|
- De Magnete, Magneticisque Corporibus, et de Magno Magnete Tellure (Latin, 1600)
- On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth (English Translation by Sylvanus P. Thompson, 1900)
Works about Gilbert
- “Gilbert, William (1540-1603),” in Dictionary of National Biography, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., (1885–1900) in 63 vols.
- “Gilbert, William” in Encyclopædia Britannica, (11th ed.), 1911