Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Gilbert, William

Born: Colchester 1544
Died: London 1603
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_493-1
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Abstract

William Gilbert is among the founders of the scientific experimental method. In particular, due to his treatise De Magnete, he is regarded as the father of magnetism.

Keywords

Experimental Scientific Method Lodestone Ancient Observations Magiae Naturalis Sublunary World 
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References

Primary Literature

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marco Sgarbi
    • 1
  1. 1.University Ca' Foscari VeniceVeniceItaly