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Benjamin Franklin and electricity

Posted in Historical articles, Science on Tuesday, 28 June 2011

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This edited article about electricity originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 979 published on 13 December 1980.

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Benjamin Franklin demonstrates lightning is simply electricity, by Peter Jackson

Electricity was known in one form to the ancient Greeks, who discovered that when amber was rubbed with a dry cloth, small particles of material were attracted to it. In fact our word “electricity” comes from the Greek word, elektron, which means “amber”. It was the American, Benjamin Franklin, who gave the names of positive and negative to the two forms of electrical charge. And the distinction between conductors and insulators was formulated in 1729 by another scientist, Stephen Gray.

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