Yesterday I wrote about electric charge and its confusing meanings (here). I had intended to write about voltage and current today, but after a discussion with Mary Whitehouse @MaryUYSEG and a troubled night’s sleep, I’ve decided to write about the word electricity instead. Much of the information in this blog is taken from Iwan Rhys Morus’s (@irmorus1) brilliant book: Shocking Bodies.
Among physicists, the word electricity has lost it’s usefulness. Instead, it is rather a nuisance: an idea with a colourful past. But that past is glorious.
Electricity’s colourful past
The word electical…
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