magnetic personalities

  1. Magnetic Personalities: Jólan van der Wiel

    Magnetic Personalities: Jólan van der Wiel
    When thinking of magnetic applications, your mind may go to experiments and scientific discoveries. But what about art? Since 2011, Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel has been using the power of magnets to create art, architecture, and fashion, showing the world that the uses of magnets are truly endless. Read about Jólan van der Wiel and his magnetic work below!  Continue reading →
  2. Magnetic Personalities: Suzanne McEnroe

    Magnetic Personalities: Suzanne McEnroe
    Researcher Suzanne McEnroe is the epitome of a magnetic personality-- you don’t have to just take our word for it though as she received the William Gilbert Award in 2019 for “outstanding and unselfish work in magnetism of Earth materials and of the Earth and planets.” Her leadership in research has been integral in understanding mineral magnetism, paleomagnetic field records, and geomagnetic field anomalies, to name a few. Continue reading →
  3. Felix Bloch: Contributions to Magnetism

    Felix Bloch: Contributions to Magnetism
    Felix Bloch was a Swiss-American physicist and Nobel Prize winner who developed a technique for observing magnetism in nuclear particles. This would later be referred to as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR,) and would lay a foundation for diagnostic medicine, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI.) Below, we're exploring the late Bloch’s contributions to NMR and MRI and their relation to magnetism.  Continue reading →
  4. Carl Friedrich Gauss: Contributions to Magnetism

    Carl Friedrich Gauss: Contributions to Magnetism
    In addition to being a brilliant mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, Carl Friedrich Gauss was also a pioneer in the fields of magnetism and electricity. His contributions over his lifetime of knowledge have even led him to be honored as one of the most influential mathematicians to this day. Below, we’ll cover a few of his accomplishments in relation to magnetism (as we can’t cover all his accomplishments in one blog post!): Continue reading →
  5. Tate Features Pioneering Greek Sculptor’s Magnetic Work

    Tate Features Pioneering Greek Sculptor’s Magnetic Work
    Greek sculptor Takis -- born Panayuitis Vassilakis -- is a nonagenarian (a person who is between 90 to 99 years old!) and is the subject of an art exhibition opening on July 3 at Tate Modern in London. Why are we sharing this?  His work is about magnetism!  About Takis Works Takis was an avant-garde artist of the ‘50s and...
  6. Magnetic Personalities: William Gilbert

    Magnetic Personalities: William Gilbert
    Acknowledged by many as being the father of electricity and magnetism, William Gilbert is probably best known for his work on magnetism and studying the earth’s magnetic forces. Gilbert is credited as one of the first people to use the term “electricity” and was one of the first to find evidence proving Copernicus’s assertion that the earth isn’t a fixed point at the center of the galaxy. Read more about this fascinating and, dare we say, magnetic scientist here: Continue reading →
  7. Marvelous Magnetic Super Villains

    Marvelous Magnetic Super Villains
    While we at Apex strive to only use our magnetic powers for good, the same cannot be said of everyone. In a previous blog, we discussed some of our favorite ways superheroes have used or encountered magnetism, and while most of us are familiar with Magneto, there are many more malevolent magnetic masterminds. Continue reading →
  8. Magnetic Personalities: Magnes the Shepherd

    Magnetic Personalities: Magnes the Shepherd
    Magnes the Shepherd might be the very first of the Magnetic Personalities! Origin stories were popular in numerous ancient cultures and it seems like every aspect of human life has a legend associated with it. This is particularly true of the ancient Greeks. Pandora’s Box explains how evil came into the world. Your voice’s echo is really just a mountain nymph responding to you. Even the passing of the seasons is tied up with the story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Continue reading →
  9. Magnetic Personalities: Franz Mesmer

    Magnetic Personalities: Franz Mesmer
    Today, we use the phrase “animal magnetism” as a figure of speech. It’s often used to convey someone’s congeniality or attractiveness. Believe us, when we’re looking for the latest magnetic news, it can get a little tricky with all of the metaphorical headlines. However, this wasn’t always the case. The term “animal magnetism” was coined in a very literal sense by Austrian physician, Franz Mesmer (hence the term mesmerizing). Although his ideas were a little (ok, really) outlandish, Mesmer paved the way for a lot solid magnetic research. Continue reading →
  10. Magnetic Personalities: Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Magnetic Personalities: Neil deGrasse Tyson
    An astrophysicist by trade, Neil deGrasse Tyson has become something of a pop culture icon over the past few years. He is perhaps best known for acclaimed miniseries Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which was a revisioning of his mentor Carl Sagan’s program of the same name. Tyson’s long and accomplished career, coupled with his celebrity have made him and ambassador for science to curious people of all ages. Continue reading →

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