Although knowledge about the existence of electricity existed as early as 600 B.C., it was not until 1600 that William Gilbert published "De magnete, Magneticisique Corporibus," or "On the Magnet" and coined the term "electrica." Before Gilbert, knowledge was limited to that of the magnetic charges of a loadstone and that rubbing an amber or a jet rod with wool caused particles to stick to the rod.Continue Reading
Gilbert's publication inspired other European inventors to work with electricity. The Leyden jar allowed scientists to store static electric charges in a type of capacitor. The stored charge was significant enough that it knocked its inventor, Ewald Christian Von Kleist, to the floor when he initially touched it.
Benjamin Franklin discovered that lightning and electricity were the same phenomenon, which led to the invention of the lightning rod and the first practical use of the growing knowledge about electricity. Alessandro Volta built the first electric pile, a forerunner of the battery, which allowed scientists to conduct simple electrical current experiments. In 1819, Hans Christian Oersted discovered electromagnetic fields. His work led to Michael Faraday's invention of the first crude electrical motor in 1921 and the first generator 10 years later. The first electrical power stations were built approximately 50 years later.Learn more about Electricity
Calculating electric field intensity requires the knowledge about the current charge level of the object that is making the electric field and the distance between that charged object and the measuring tool. Electric field intensity (or strength) is a vector quantity, which means it has direction as well as magnitude. The magnitude of this intensity comes from the way it is measured.Full Answer >
According to National Geographic, electricity comes from energy sources such as fossil fuels, wind energy and hydroelectric power. Electricity is transported from a power station via power lines that carry electrical current into communities.Full Answer >
A dynamo generates electricity by using a magnetic field to imbue wires with an electric current. According to the Edison Tech Center, this process generates a direct current that can then be fed down the wires to an alternator for conversion to an alternating current; these alternators are sometimes known as generators.Full Answer >
There are several methods that reduce the static electricity buildup in the home including adding moisture to the air through a home humidifier, adding moisture to the skin through lotions, and choosing less static-enhancing clothes. During the winter months, the drier air inside the house allows static electricity charges to build up.Full Answer >