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Traditionally, ancient Greeks were attributed to "discovering" magnets in lodestones, today referred to as magnetite. One fable recounts that "Magnes," a shepherd, found a rock containing magnetite that caused it to stick to his shoe nails. Still another story points to "Magnesia" in nearby Macedonia as the place of origin.
Perhaps the most significant part of the magnet's history was the magnetic compass the Vikings developed to sail the seas trying to "conquer the world." But there are others that say the Chinese first built it but did not initially utilize its full capabilities. Ah, the mysterious magnet.
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