Humboldt's Plan in 1836 for a World Magnetic Survey


    EARLY in 1836 Alexander von Humboldt sent a letter to the Duke of Sussex, as president of the Royal Society, inviting the co-operation of the Society in the organization of a world magnetic survey. The letter was referred to Christie and Airy, whose report was read to the Royal Society on November 24, 1836. As von Humboldt's suggestions had a great influence on the steps afterwards taken, a few extracts from the report are given here:

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    Humboldt's Plan in 1836 for a World Magnetic Survey. Nature 138, 894–895 (1936).

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