Michael Faraday

24 Dec, 2015 530 Physics

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the eminent 19th-century scientist Michael Faraday. Born into a poor working-class family, he received little formal schooling but became interested in science while working as a bookbinder’s apprentice. He is celebrated today for carrying out pioneering research into the relationship between electricity and magnetism. Faraday showed that if a wire was turned in the presence of a magnet or a magnet was turned in relation to a wire, an electric current was generated. This ground-breaking discovery led to the development of the electric generator and ultimately to modern power stations. During his life he became the most famous scientist in Britain and he played a key role in founding the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures which continue today.

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  • Geoffrey Cantor No other episodes
    Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Leeds
  • Laura Herz No other episodes
    Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford
  • Frank James 2 episodes
    Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution

Reading list

  • Michael Faraday: Sandemanian and Scientist: A Study of Science and Religion in the Nineteenth Century
    Geoffrey Cantor (Palgrave Macmillan, 1991) Google Books →
  • Michael Faraday
    Geoffrey Cantor, David Gooding and Frank A. J. L. James (Palgrave Macmillan, 1991) Google Books →
  • The Chemical History of a Candle
    Michael Faraday (ed. Frank James) (Oxford University Press, 2011) Google Books →
  • Faraday Rediscovered: Essays on the Life and Work of Michael Faraday 1791-1867
    David Gooding and Frank A. J. L. James (eds.) (Macmillan/Stockton Press, 1985) Google Books →
  • Faraday: The Life
    James Hamilton (HarperCollins, 2002) Google Books →
  • Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction
    Frank A. J. L. James (Oxford University Press, 2010) Google Books →
  • The Correspondence of Michael Faraday
    Frank James (ed.) (Institution of Engineering and Technology, 1991-2012) Google Books →
  • Michael Faraday: His Life and Work
    Silvanus Phillips Thompson (Elibron, 2004) Google Books →

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