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IN CONTEXT

BRANCH

Physics

BEFORE

1754 Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is natural electricity with his famous kite experiment.

1767 Joseph Priestley publishes a comprehensive account of static electricity.

1780 Luigi Galvani conducts his frog’s legs experiments with “animal electricity.”

AFTER

1800 English chemists William Nicholson and Anthony Carlisle use a Voltaic pile to split water into its two elements, oxygen and hydrogen.

1807 Humphry Davy isolates the elements potassium and sodium using electricity.

1820 Hans Christian Ørsted reveals the link between magnetism and electricity.

For centuries, philosophers had wondered at the terrifying power ...

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