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Experiments and Observations on Electricity

Benjamin Franklin

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Electricity remains in him; the fire only passing thro' him from the upper to the lower part of the bottle. Observe, before the shock, to let some one on the floor touch him to restore the equilibrium in his body; for in taking hold of the bottom of the bottle, he sometimes becomes a little electrised minus, which will continue after the shock; as would also any plus Electricity, which he might have given him before the shock. For, restoring the equilibrium in the bottle does not at all affect the Electricity in the man thro' whom the fire passes; that Electricity is neither increased nor diminish'd.

EXPERIMENT XI.

The passing of the electrical fire from the upper to the lower part of the bottle, to restore the equilibrium is render'd strongly visible by the following pretty {9}experiment. Take a book whose cover is filletted with gold; bend a wire of eight or ten inches long in the form of (m) Fig. 5, slip it on the end . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Wow, Benjamin Franklin was very thorough in his experiments.

So I got to read this book from the library where I used to work, the edition I checked out was from the early 1800s. There's something freakin cool about reading about these wonderful discoveries and experiments in a book that old. Incidentally, they also had a first edition from 1752, that I go...more

This is more a collection of letters than a single, unified book about electricity. It was interesting to read about what types of experiments Benjamin Franklin and others were doing in order to discover how electricity works. This isn't really an attention-grabbing page turner to someone who has...more