Destination Special Collections : Electricity

During the mid 1700s, scientists were conducting a great number of experiments related to electricity, with Benjamin Franklin famously discovering that lightning is an electrical phenomenon by tying a key to a kite string. Franklin’s Experiments and Observations on Electricity is the first publication to prove lighting is an electrical phenomenon.

Michael Faraday worked on the topic of electromagnetism, which would become the basis for electric motors. Faraday’s Experimental Researches in Electricity brought together ideas about supposedly different types of electricity, and provided the basis for research by future scientists.

Find Experimental Researches in Electricity vol 1, vol2, vol 3, and Experiments and Observations on Electricity in the UNT Library Catalog.