Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Question About Magnetism...!

While I like to think that I know and understand many things, this is something I don't truly understand at all. Seems I'm not alone, though.

At first glance, the answer seems easy. However, just try and explain it to someone in a fashion they can understand and suddenly it makes almost no sense at all!

How Exactly Do Magnets Work?



Magnetism is a widely observed phenomenon in our universe, but a lot of things about it remain unexplained. For example, why do particles charged with electricity create a magnetic field strong enough to physically move things from far away? And when they do, why exactly do they align themselves to two poles, north and south?

Explanations range from “it’s just one of those things” to particle movement at the quantum level, and MIT even has a whole laboratory dedicated to research on nothing but magnetism. We know that it’s happening, and we have a good idea of what exactly is happening, too—the particles align themselves in a way that adds up their charge in one direction, but it’s not very clear as to why the particles emit a magnetic field to start with. The fact that the Earth’s magnetic field is not well understood either further restricts our ability to understand magnetism.

Don't you find it strange that things like magnetism and gravity are still such a mystery to all the scientist out there? Everybody knows about them and yet no one seems to really understand them! Curiouser and curiouser, isn't it?

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

5 comments:

Chickenmom said...

Magnetism - the unexplained current between a pile of chicken poop and the bottom of my boots. They attract one another - every time.

Sixbears said...

Magic. . . as far as I can figure out.

Good morning here for some fresh ground coffee, before things heat up too much.

JO said...

I had always been drawn to magnetism as a kid in school. And to this day it still remains a mystery to me.

Nice morning to be out on the patio

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
I've been in a situation or two where I experienced that as well! Cow manure seems to do the same thing at times.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Sixbears...
I reckon that you are spot on with that!
Fresh ground coffee sounds like a winner to me! Thanks for coming over this morning!


Hey Jo...
Seems to be a mystery to a lot of people. All I know is that it is very cool!
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

deborah harvey said...

i don't understand electricity but i know how to flip the light switch.

i'll go with the magic explanation for both phenomena and thank God for them.
they have been very useful to humans.