Directions for Further Travel

For readers who desire a more detailed presentation of the field of geomagnetism and related phenomena I have listed below (with comments) several recommended books, in the order of their original publication date.

• W. Gilbert, De Magnete, 1600, English translation in 1893 by P.F. Mattelay, republication by Dover Publications, New York, 368 pp., 1958. Dover should be complimented for reproducing this historical gem as a paperback, with copies of all the original Gilbert diagrams.

• S. Chapman and J. Bartels, Geomagnetism, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2 vols., 1050 pp., 1940. This classic, first modern textbook about the Earth's fields is still valuable for its historical information, detailed references, and thorough description of analytical methods. It was last republished in 1951.

• S. Matsushita and W.H. Campbell, eds., Physics of Geomagnetic Phenomena, Academic Press, New York, 2 vols., 1398 pp., 1967. Numerous specialists contributed to this excellent coverage of the subject at the beginning of the space age. The fundamentals of magnetism are beautifully explained by the best authorities of the time.

• R.H. Eather, Majestic Lights, the Aurora in Science, History, and the Arts, American Geophysical Union, Washington D.C., 323 pp., 1980. A delightful book that attracts both the nonscientist and the specialist readers with its broad historical coverage, auroral descriptions, and beautiful illustrations.

• W.D. Parkinson, Introduction to Geomagnetism, Scottish Academic Press Ltd., Edinburgh, 433 pp., 1983. A fine, compact yet complete, graduate-student-level textbook of geomagnetism. Although the space magnetism presentation is inadequate, the author provides an excellent exposition of the basic mathematics necessary for all geomagnetic field studies.

• J.D.A. Piper, Paleomagnetism and the Continental Crust, Open University Press, Milton Keynes Pub., 434 pp., 1987. Don't let the older date discourage your selection of this wonderfully written book on paleomagnetism.

• J.A. Jacobs, ed., Geomagnetism, 4 vols., Academic Press, New York, 2545 pp., 1987-1991. The best (but most expensive) comprehensive textbook on all aspects of geomagnetism with all subtopics contributed by reliable research specialists.

• W.D. Stacy, Physics of the Earth, Brisbane Brookfield Press, Brisbane, 513 pp., 1992. Although our subject is only a small part of this book, to properly understand geomagnetism a student needs to appreciate the physics of our Earth environment (presented so well in this book).

• J.D. Livingston, Driving Force, the Natural Magic of Magnets, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 311 pp., 1996. An up-to-date, beautifully written, thorough review of the technology, application, and history of magnets.

• R.T. Merill, M.W. McElhinny, and RL. McFadden, The Magnetic Field of the Earth: Paleomagnetism, the Core, and the Deep Mantle, Academic Press, San Diego, 531 pp., 1996. Written by well-respected researchers, this detailed book covers the sources and applications of the Earth's internal field.

• W.H. Campbell, Introduction to Geomagnetic Fields, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 304 pp., 1997. My own compact but comprehensive textbook, with many illustrations, for students and researchers who are entering the study of geomagnetic fields and have some capability with mathematical equations.

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