Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Gilbert, William

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

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.

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Primary Literature

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Ugaglia
    • 1
  1. 1.University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

Section editors and affiliations

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