Weiss magneton

1911 Weiss magneton

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Pierre Weiss electromagnetism

Weiss magneton

No theoretical argument

Units of the indefinite

The Weiss magneton was based on a model of the atom that preceded the work of Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr. Weiss knew that something in some kinds of atoms was responsible for creating magnetic fields, but he didn’t know what it was. Theoretical physicists complained that it ought to be related to the Planck constant, which is the quantum unit of action, but the Weiss magneton could not be related to the Planck constant.

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