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.