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A number of dowsing books and websites list the following people as either dowsers or believers in dowsing: Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and Thomas Edison. Unfortunately, none of the dowsing literature I've seen contains a citation for these assertions. Could anyone point me to a source (preferably in the non-dowsing literature) about the dowsing views of any of these men? Thanks.
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Haven't found anything as yet for the three above men but the references to dowsing in letters (to Herman Peisach) by Einstein are listed on the Einstein archive database:

http://alberteinstein.info/vufind1/Sear ... ubmit=Find

Although the content is not given here, I believe these letters are reproduced on this website:

http://dowsingworks.com/einstein.html (link broken)

Other scientists who believed in dowsing:

Yves Rocard, who helped develop the atomic bomb for France - author of "La Science & Les Sourciers : Baguettes, pendules, biomagnétisme", "Le signal du sourcier" etc.

Professor Vincent Reddish - former University of Edinburgh lecturer, he worked at Jodrell Bank and was author of "The D-force - a remarkable phenomenon". More about him elsewhere on this forum.

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Silent film footage of David Lloyd George discussing dowsing to a crowd of onlookers:

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/irrig ... e-at-churt

And now, updated with sound!


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Isaac Newton - was he a dowser? I've spent a little time researching this. Thus far, all I've found is that his library included three books by Georgius Agricola including De Re Metallica volume XII. This work (not sure which volume though) does mention dowsing. The other two were De animantibus subterraneis liber... and De ortu causis subterraneorum lib. v, De natura eorum quae effluunt ex terra lib. IIII. see The Library of Isaac Newton, John Harrison, Cambridge University Press, 1978. p.84.

Correspondence from Issac Newton involved the sale of tin from Cornwall, because he was involved with the Royal Mint.

The correspondence of Isaac Newton. Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727., Hall, A. Rupert (Alfred Rupert), 1920-, Tilling, Laura., Royal Society (Great Britain) vol 6. Cambridge University Press for the Royal Society.

All of which is very interesting, but doesn't really prove much on its own alas.

I wonder if there's anything in the early BSD writings about this?

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from the BBC...
Cambridge University puts Isaac Newton papers online

The notebooks in which Sir Isaac Newton worked out the theories on which much classical science is based have been put online by Cambridge University.
CLICK HERE for the article.

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Two popular beginners books on dowsing are Dowsing for Beginners by Richard Webster and
Principles of Dowsing by Dennis Wheatley.

Both of these have almost identical lists of famous dowsers. Not only that but they are listed in the same order - but Wheatley doesn't mention Lloyd George whilst Webster does. Instead, Wheatley mentions Johan Ritter ("founding father of electrochemistry") who is omitted in Webster's list.

Wheatley also mentions Sir JJ Thompson.

Webster's book dates to 1996. Wheatley's was published in 2000.

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Thanks for the amount of work you have put into my original question. I am familiar with Webster and Wheatley, as they are the main sources I had in mind when I wrote of dowsing books that listed da Vinci, Newton, and Edison as dowsers, without, unfortunately, giving their sources. The dowsing advocacy of Johann Ritter and J. J. Thompson is well documented, as are the others you have mentioned in previous posts. But the factual basis for listing da Vinci, Newton, and Edison as dowsers, if there is any, remains unknown.
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plazak wrote:But the factual basis for listing da Vinci, Newton, and Edison as dowsers, if there is any, remains unknown.
Well, unknown to you and me. Not quite the same thing...

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I can no longer find the dowsingworks.com website. Has it gone or am I blocked from seeing it?

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I can't see it either Ian, but a Whois serach reveals that the domain expired on 15 May 2014 so it looks like it hasn't been renewed?

**edit** The Whois entry also says 'domain status - deleted'. Guess there's your answer then. **/edit**
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