Named after German chemist and physicist ** Heinrich Gustav Magnus **who
experimentally investigated this in 1853.

Physical phenomenon in ** fluid dynamics** and ** continuum mechanics**. The Magnus
effect results in a sidewise force on a spinning sphere or cylinder, when
the sphere or cylinder is surrounded by a fluid (gas or liquid) There also
has to be a relative motion between the fluid and the sphere/cylinder body.
The force, per unit length of the spindle, is

* *** F = ρv**_{0}K

where *ρ* is the density of the fluid, *v*_{0}
is the perpendicular velocity of the fluid far away from the cylinder and *K*
is the circulation around the cylinder. This is directly analogous to the force that a
transverse magnetic field *B*_{0} exerts upon a wire with an electric
current *I*, which is per unit length of the wire equal to *B*_{0}*I
. *

This effect - among other things - determines the parable of flight for a
golf ball, baseball or a tennis ball that's hit. It also affects the trajectory
of fired artillery shells, since they are spinning too.

The way it works is that because of the moving - and spinning - body, the
fluid around it experience differences in the velocity in
different parts of it. This results in pressure differences, which in turn make the
moving body depart from its straight path. The Magnus effect is all in correlation with
Bernoulli's theorem (Bernoulli effect) in fluid dynamics, but with the object spinning instead
of still, as Bernoulli assumed. The key of it all is the interaction between the
body and the fluid in the boundary layer, which was theoretically introduced
in 1904.

*reference: D.J. Tritton; Physical Fluid Dynamics*