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Electricity Table of Contents I. History of Electricity Generation 4 II. Improvements in Electricity Generation and Transmission through the Centuries 8 III. The Evolution of the Ideas Relating to Electricity Generation 10 Reference List 12 I. History of Electricity Generation Modern electricity generation owes its roots to the kite experimentations of Benjamin Franklin, which gave rise to more nuanced understandings of the nature of electric power and the nature of lightning as an electricity form (Tom Henry's Code Electrical Classes Inc., 2012).
Franklin's key contribution to the understanding of electricity was his discovery that lightning shared similar characteristics as the electricity that was found in rubbed amber by the ancient Greeks. Franklin's work was situated at around 1752, whereas the work of the ancient Greeks extend way back into the early history of western civilization, to the time of the flowering of Ancient Greek literature and philosophy (The Electricity Forum, 2012). Meanwhile, work on the early modern history of electricity exists that date back to 1769, testifying to the jump starting of the science of electricity generation not too long after Franklin's work with lightning (Priestley, 1769; Tom Henry's Code Electrical Classes Inc., 2012). Volta and Galvani would advance the understanding of electricity even further, by giving to the world the understanding of how electricity works in the context of Galvani's experiment with frogs. Volta's understanding of the way electric current is made from Galvani's frog experiments would drive the field forward. ...
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