Electricity is a concept that was discovered in part by many experts and scientists adding to its development throughout history. In fact, electricity is actually a force of energy that occurs in nature; thus, electricity was not invented, but rather discovered.Continue Reading
Although they didn't realize it, in 600BC the Greeks discovered static electricity by rubbing fur on amber, which is a fossilized tree resin, and observing the attraction created between the two materials. In the 1930s, archaeologists discovered artifacts believed to be the attempts at making a battery. By the 17th century, there were already several electrical inventions, including the early form of the electrostatic generator. In 1752, Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning bolts and little electric sparks were virtually the same things.
Following Ben Franklin, in 1800, an Italian physicist named Alessandro Volta discovered that certain chemical reactions could produce electricity. He created a primitive electric battery capable of producing a steady flow of electricity. Having created the voltaic pile, Volta was the first person able to create a steady flow of electrical charge. When Michael Faraday created the electric dynamo, he opened the door for American inventor Thomas Edison and British scientist Joseph Swan, who each invented the incandescent filament light bulb around 1878 in their respective countries.Learn more about Inventions
The concept of photosynthesis was first explored by Dutch physician Jan Baptista van Helmot in 1648 during an experiment involving a willow tree. Helmot discovered that plants did not get their nutrients from the soil. However, it took several other botanists and scientists to unravel the process of photosynthesis.Full Answer >
Although the first concept of a threaded bolt, or screw, is believed to have been developed during the time of the Ancient Greeks by either Archytas of Tarentum or Archimedes, the first record of a threaded bolt used with an accompanying nut as a fastening device dates back to a 15th century book. The practice of using a screw as a fastening device gained acceptance about that time when it was used in Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press.Full Answer >
Members of the Jewish religion invented school, although the concept of formal education dates back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia. The development of complex societies in ancient Egypt and the region of Babylonia brought the arrival of more complex information and the need to communicate that information. Ancient Middle Eastern Jews established the first elementary schools, seeing the need for education of children.Full Answer >
The invention of the typewriter is attributed to several inventors, including Henry Mill's concept typewriter of 1714, Rasmus Malling-Hansen's writing ball of 1870 and Christopher Latham Sholes' successful American typewriter of 1868. Sholes' design is the basis for the modern typewriter.Full Answer >