Science: History of Electricity
Have you suffered a power cut recently? Hardly anything works! No computers, no heat, not anything we deem to be essential to our modern lives. Industry relies upon electricity too. Yet over 2,000 years ago, when Thales of Miletus (or was it Mrs Thales?) discovered the properties of amber (electron, or elektron in Greek), how could he know how our lives would be revolutionised by it! Amazingly, no further useful work would be done in that area until the year 1800 when Volta and Galvani and …… but that would spoil the story! Learn how it all happened and about the people who made it happen.
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