538: Fara, Patricia. Fatal Attraction: Magnetic Mysteries of the Enlightenment. New York: MJF Books, 2005. 196 pp. ISBN 1-8404-6632-4.
- 500: Science
- 530: Physics
- 538: Magnetism
Patricia Fara’s Fatal Attraction covers the lives and work of Edmond Halley, Gowin Knight, and Franz Mesmer. Each contributed in significant ways to the world’s understanding of physics and magnetism. Enlightenment science was a bawdy, haphazard, and thrilling investigation into the world around them. You needed a fair amount of capital to buy equipment and run scientific experiments, so many of the first scientists were titled gentlemen. These folks paved the way for every scientist that came after them, and while some of their theories may have been a bit off the mark, they did what every scientist does: they asked a question of the universe and then set about trying to find the answer.