Electrons and Technology

Williams, V.A. (1995-05-27)


The existence of electrical phenomena, and of static electrical charges, had first been recognized and recorded over 2,500 years ago by Thales of Miletus (640-548 BC). The word electricity itself was derived from the Greek word for amber, a substance upon Which electrical phenomena was first observed. The idea that electricity has structure derives directly from the classical studies of Michael Faraday on electro-chemistry. Michael Faraday occupies a very unique and honored place in the story of electrical science and technology. These studies were 'those which in particular led to the famous laws of electrolysis published in 1833. It is indeed one of those quirks of fate that he could not have brought himself to believe the natural conclusion of his own studies i.e. that charges exist as discrete quanta.