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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
written by Shannon Neaves
edited by Kristen Coyne
This is a short biography of Charles Augustin de Coulomb, the 18th-century scientist whose experiments with a torsion balance gave rise to one of the fundamental principles of electromagnetism.

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Coulomb, biographies, charge measurement, historical biographics, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of science, science biographies, science history, torsion balance
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S. Neaves, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), WWW Document, (
S. Neaves, Magnet Academy: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), <>.
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Neaves, S. (2009, December 30). Magnet Academy: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb. Retrieved October 23, 2018, from Florida State University:
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Neaves, Shannon. Magnet Academy: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb. Edited by Kristen Coyne. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. (accessed 23 October 2018).
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Neaves, Shannon. Magnet Academy: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb. Ed. Coyne, Kristen. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2007. 30 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 23 Oct. 2018 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Shannon Neaves", Title = {Magnet Academy: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb}, Publisher = {Florida State University}, Volume = {2018}, Number = {23 October 2018}, Month = {December 30, 2009}, Year = {2007} }
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Is Part Of Magnet Academy: Pioneers in Electricity and Magnetism

A link to the full Mag Lab U collection on pioneers in electricity and magnetism.

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Accompanies Magnet Academy Museum: Torsion Balance

An interactive Java tutorial that replicates the historic torsion balance device used by Coulomb in his experiments to measure electrostatic force between charged particles.

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