Friday, April 27, 2007

Wikipedia Blows My Mind

Okay, I admit I'm not a hardware guy, and I got a B in the only EE class I took in college. Maybe I should have known this tidbit already, and maybe Wikipedia is lying to me (perish the thought!), but this was my mind-expanding moment for the day:
"The magnetic force is actually due to the finite speed (the speed of light) of a disturbance of the electric field which gives rise to forces that appear to be acting along a line at right angles to the charges. In effect, the magnetic force is the portion of the electric force directed to where the charge used to be. For this reason magnetism can be considered to be basically an electric force that is a direct consequence of relativity."

- Magnetism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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