history of electricity

There are five case studies on different themes in the early, qualitative research on electrical phenomena

  • William Gilbert - Seperating Electric from Magnetic Effects (with Video)

  • Otto von Guericke - Analogies, Forces & the Quality of Scientific Instruments (with Video)

  • Carles du Fay - Explorative Experiments: Describing and Explaing Electrical Phenomena

  • Stephen Gray - Electrical Conduction on the wrong track (with Video)

  • Travelling Showmen - Electricity, Entertainment and the Construction of Scientificality

  • Higher resolution images can be found in the gallery

  • Additional material can be found in the attachments at the bottom of each page