Michael Faraday

Magnetic Fields, Electric Fields, and Elector Magnetic Waves: Physics And History

I was working on a video on the physics of the Faraday cage and it became clear that not only do you need to talk about electric fields to explain the cage but that Faraday had actually created the idea of electric fields for that very purpose in 1837. Now I had known that Faraday …

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How An Electromagnet Works And How Was It Invented

To understand the electromagnet, it is helpful to take a moment to learn about its inventor, William Sturgeon.  Sturgeon’s life was dramatic and inspirational, although his hair and sideburns were, in my opinion, bizarre.  So, take a few minutes and learn why a poor shoemaker and soldier would invent the electromagnet and how it works. …

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How Faraday Invented The Motor And Annoyed His Mentor

Why would inventing a motor irritate anyone?  And how did Faraday invent the motor in the first place?  Well, I’ll tell you and along the way I will talk about a strange theory of spiraling currents, a misunderstanding of electromagnetic forces, and a useless motor.  Table of Contents Oersted’s Discovery Humphry Davy and Faraday Faraday’s …

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