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Stir the water so the barium ferrite becomes suspended in it.
Albert Roy Davis' Discovery of the Figure Eight
Once the barium ferrite has settled to the bottom the figure eight becomes visible.
Place the magnet in the container of water and barium ferrite.
No other scientists in history have made more fundamental discoveries about magnetism than Albert Roy Davis and Walter C. Rawls, Jr. Many years ago Davis discovered that magnetic energies spin, North pole in a counterclockwise rotation, and the South pole in a clockwise rotation. It is now common to read about the spin or vortex of magnetic energies in scientific literature, but what is never mentioned in these publications is the fact that this was first discovered by Davis. Even scientists and researchers of unorthodox science often fail to give credit to Davis and Rawls for their discoveries, yet many of them are well aware of their work.
Davis also discovered that magnetism flows in and around a magnet in the form of a figure "8". The method developed by Michael Faraday in 1852 to show the "lines of force" (Davis discovered that they are actually cables of force) around a magnet is incorrect. Faraday used a flat piece of paper, placed iron filings on it, and brought a magnet up under the paper to show the lines of force. The truth is that when each particle of steel or iron filing is placed in the field of the magnet, it becomes temporarily magnetized, in effect, becoming a magnet itself. As each particle then attracts and repels, the demonstration presents a mistaken concept.
Albert Roy Davis discovered the figure "8" after developing a special type of electron photography to photograph the magnetic field of a magnet. If you examine the photo of magnetic energy in our slideshow on our Home page, linked to above, you can clearly see the spin of the cables of force. Davis and Rawls also devised a more simplified demonstration to show the lines of force (i.e. cables of force), an experiment that can be performed in any classroom (see photos below). The method requires a large, clear glass container filled with water, some barium ferrite, and a long cylinder or bar magnet attached to a non-magnetic handle. The barium ferrite is put into the water, and the magnet with the handle is used to briskly stir the water to suspend the particles. Next, the stirring ceases and the magnet is held vertically in the center of the container. The particles will then form and reveal the figure eight of magnetic energies. This demonstration should be in all of the science textbooks that are used to educate students about magnetism... but it is not.
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