Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 5, 11–62, 2014
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 5, 11–62, 2014
Review article
05 Feb 2014
Review article | 05 Feb 2014

Carl Friedrich Gauss – General Theory of Terrestrial Magnetism – a revised translation of the German text

K.-H. Glassmeier1 and B. T. Tsurutani2 K.-H. Glassmeier and B. T. Tsurutani
  • 1Institut für Geophysik und extraterrestrische Physik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

Abstract. This is a translation of the Allgemeine Theorie des Erdmagnetismus published by Carl Friedrich Gauss in 1839 in the Resultate aus den Beobachtungen des Magnetischen Vereins im Jahre 1838. The current translation is based on an earlier translation by Elizabeth Juliana Sabine published in 1841. This earlier translation has been revised, corrected, and extended. Numerous biographical comments on the scientists named in the original text have been added as well as further information on the observational material used by Carl Friedrich Gauss. An attempt is made to provide a readable text to a wider scientific community, a text laying the foundation of today's understanding of planetary magnetic fields.