Take electricity away from mankind and we will roll back into Stone Age in no time. The importance of electricity in our lives cannot be explained. We just know that today our very survival depends on it. Now that electricity is so important, one very simple question comes to our minds – ‘when was it discovered?’ While many of the school textbooks still say that it was Benjamin Franklin who discovered electricity, the truth is far from being what is said in those books. So, let us today learn 30 interesting electricity facts that will negate everything we have learned about the discovery of electricity we have learned till date. Just to mention, this list of facts will not just give a glimpse into the history of electricity but will also speak of some of the most interesting facts about this inseparable aspect of our lives. Let’s get started…
Interesting Electricity Facts: 1-10
1. Electricity was never invented. It was discovered. The difference between invention and discovery is that humans can invent something which does not already exist in nature and discover something which already exists in nature. Electricity is actually a type of energy that is present in nature and hence, it was discovered and not invented.
2. While many people give credits to Benjamin Franklin for the discovery of electricity, it is far from being true. Franklin conducted a series of experiments that merely helped establishing a relationship between electricity and lightning.
3. So, who discovered electricity? To answer this question, we need to travel back in time. How far back? More than a couple of thousand years back! Yes, we are looking back into the ancient times.
4. Static electricity was discovered by the ancient Greeks some 600 years before the beginning of the Common Era. They noticed that when amber and fur are rubbed together, they attract each other. Eureka! They discovered static electricity.
5. Romans weren’t that dumb either! After all, they built the mighty Roman Empire. Somewhere in the 1930s, archeological excavations of the ancient Roman sites revealed some pots wrapped with copper sheets from inside. Careful studies of the discovered pots led the scientists to believe that these were ancient batteries.
6. And how can we forget the Persians? The dig sites near Bagdad revealed similar pots and scientists, after careful examination of those pots and their internal components, could not come up with any alternative theory but to suggest that the only purpose of those pots was to generate weak electric current.
7. So the question is, what did the ancients do with these batteries? Scientists believe that they used them for electroplating artifacts that are now stored in museums all around the world. So, discovery of electricity is not as new as Benjamin Franklin!
[pullquote-left]in the deepest recesses of the freshly-opened tombs, there are no evidences of soot marks on ceilings.[/pullquote-left]8. Ancient Egyptian tombs are, as believed by many scholars of likes of Sir J. Norman Lockyer, are blatant proof that ancient Egyptians used electric lamps. The arguments put forward is that in the deepest recesses of the freshly-opened tombs, there are no evidences of soot marks on ceilings. He argues that using oil lamps or dim candles to aid the artisans in embellishing the walls with accurate colors and fine details of the deceased would leave soot marks on the ceilings.
[pullquote-right]just in case an artisan stepped right in front of a reflecting mirror, the whole critical link would break[/pullquote-right]9. He further argues that using mirrors to reflect the sunlight is also not a close possibility because it would require very complex arrangement of the mirrors in the maze of rooms found in those tombs. Furthermore, just in case an artisan stepped right in front of a reflecting mirror, the whole critical link would break. He further argues that the positioning of the reflectors had to be changed with the movement of the sun, which alone would have been a Herculean task!
10. Lockyer points out that all the freshly-opened tombs (those that were not intruded by grave thieves and looters) did not show any smoke residue anywhere on walls or ceilings, which goes on to prove that ancient Egyptians probably used electric lamps.