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Oct242012

detail reveal: magnets

By Fred Anzley Annet [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
Originally discovered to occur naturally in lodestone, magnetic fields attract opposite charges (+ and -) and repel like charges
(- and -, + and +).

Discovered to attract iron some 2500 years ago, lodestones were found in the now disbanded prefecture of Magnesia in Greece—origin of the word magnet—and initially they seemed magical since few knew of their properties.

Today, magnets come in a wide variety of strengths and sizes—and when hidden, their effects appear magical again. Like those in the wood spines which hold in place the moveable metal bulb casing of clutch lamps. Designed by Jannis Ellenberger, and without hardware to constrict direction of the light, not only can they do a 360, vertical placement is equally versatile.

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