The Earth’s magnetic field and magnetosphere

  • Asgeir Brekke
Part of the Springer Atmospheric Sciences book series (SPRINGERATMO)


It has been known for hundreds of years that the Earth possesses a magnetic field. The modern science of geomagnetism, however, can probably be dated back to the English physicist William Gilbert who in 1600 published his book De Magnete in which he stated that Magnus magnetis ipse est globus terrestris (“The Earth itself is a great magnet”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asgeir Brekke
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and TechnologyUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway

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