Science: Magnetism in Harness?

For about 700 years, magnetism has been known as the force that stands still. Last week a physicist claimed to have proved that magnetism moves. Professor Felix Ehrenhaft, formerly of Vienna, told the American Physical Society meeting in Manhattan that magnetism flows as electricity flows. If he is right, his discovery is at least as revealing as Benjamin Franklin's kite, and technology has a new horse to harness.

Instead of using cosmic rays or esoteric mathematics for his demonstrations, Professor Ehrenhaft impressed the gathered physicists with little experiments a man can do...

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