How was electricity invented?

The ‘Electric Boy’ features in this Sunday’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Nat Geo


NCOS7208Have you ever been fascinated by the reality of a TV, or of the possibility of an email? Our world of high technology and instantaneous electronic communication is truly fascinating and, for many of us, it exceeds logical reason. If it wasn’t for one man it is very possible that none of these would have existed. Michael Faraday, a child of 19th century poverty, inventor of the motor and a lifelong fundamentalist Christian, is the bridge to the world of smartphones, tablets and so much else.

Faraday lived between the lifetimes of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, working from Newton’s discoveries he laid the foundations for Einstein’s work. Having showed no promise at school Faraday started working at a book bindery when he was just 13, binding books by day and reading them by night. This was the beginning of his lifelong fascination with electricity.

Neil deGrasse Tyson takes us through London, to explain the life of one of the most extraordinary scientists of the past, and demystify the science behind our world of technology.

Make sure you don’t miss Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey ‘The Electric Boy’ on Sunday 18th May at 7pm on National Geographic Channel.

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