Who discovered magnetic fields?

Answer In an 1820 lecture for advanced students, Danish physicist Hans Christian Oersted inadvertently produced a magnetic field by placing current through a platinum wire, moving a compass needle. This i... Read More »

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How to Calculate Magnetic Fields From Currents?

Physics students everywhere, using the right-hand rule to remind themselves of the direction of a magnetic field around a current-carrying wire, can thank French mathematician Andre-Marie Ampere fo... Read More »

Can a sat nav fail / crash from magnetic fields?

Any electronic device can be affected by a magnetic field if it's strong enough

Science Projects: Magnetic Fields?

Magnets are fascinating for all ages, and have scientific applications that can be displayed in science projects. From basic demonstrations of how magnets work to to complex experiments that involv... Read More »

Who discovered the magnetic compass?

The magnetic compass was originally discovered by Chinese scientists around the 5th century B.C.E. It was made out of lodestone and used in the practice of feng shui. Chinese navigators started usi... Read More »