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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the magnetic compass.


Six Superlative Sources

· Aczel, Amir D. The Riddle of the Compass. Harcourt, 2001.

· Lane, Frederic C. "The Economic Meaning of the Invention of the Compass." The American Historical Review 68, no. 3 (April 1963): 605-17.

· Kreutz, Barbara. "Mediterranean Contributions to the Medieval Mariner's Compass." Technology and Culture 14, no. 3 (July 1973): 367-83.

· Taylor, Eva G.R. The Haven-Finding Art: A History of Navigation from Odysseus to Captain Cook. Hollis and Carter, 1956.

· Needham, Joseph F.R.S. Science and Civilisation in China. Volume 4, part 1, Physics. Cambridge University Press, 1962.

· May, W.E. "Alexander Neckam and the Pivoted Compass Needle." Journal of the Institute of Navigation 8 (July 1955): 283-4.

Other Excellent Sources

· Apuzzo, Aniello. L'invenzione della bussola e Flavio Gioia. Rinascita Artistica, 1964.

· Gargano, Giuseppe. "Fortificazioni e marineria in Amalfi Angioina." Rassegna del Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana 14 (December 1994): 101-3.

· Marcus, G.J. "The Mariner's Compass: Its Influence upon Navigation in the Later Middle Ages." History 61 , no. 1 (1956):16-24.

· White, Lynn. Medieval Technology and Social Change. Oxford University Press, 1962.

· Shu-Hua, Li. "Origine de la boussole." Isis 45 (1954): 175-96.

· Winter, Heinrich. "Who Invented the Compass?" Mariner's Mirror 23, no. 1 (1937): 95-102.

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