Gillian Turner is a senior lecturer in physics and geophysics at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. The winner of numerous awards for excellence in teaching and science communication, Turner has published over fifty articles in scientific journals. This is her first book.
"[An] engaging appreciation of science at work discovering the
mysteries of magnetism."
"By deftly combining threads from science and history, Turner weaves a fascinating geophysical tale that spans several millennia."
"A compelling narrative of the two-thousand-year scientific struggle to unlock the innermost secrets of the cosmic speck of dust we call home. Engagingly written in a lively style accessible to all."
--M. E. (Ted) Evans, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton
"A wonderful, joyful, lucid book. Turner is a natural storyteller."
--Ted Irving, Geological Survey of Canada
"The book is as much about the history of science as it is about the actual science itself, illustrating how we are often "standing on the shoulders of giants." . . . Beautifully illustrated with maps and ancient experimental devices that helped set the focus for the study of magnetism, the book is concerned with instrumentation and innovation. . . . Certainly history and science teachers at all levels would benefit from reading it."
--National Science Teachers Association
"She has provided a concise and interesting history of the study of magnetism, and a fascinating new perspective on one of the most important geological discoveries of the twentieth century. . . It's well worth a look!"
"North Pole, South Pole is a comprehensive account of one of the great forces that shapes our planet and its future."