Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Season 1, Episode 10

The Electric Boy (11 May 2014)

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Travel to 19th century England and meet Michael Faraday, a child of poverty who grew up to invent the motor and the generator. His ideas about electricity and discovery of magnetic fields ... See full summary »


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Electric Spark Girl
Sir Humphry Davy (voice)
Lab Assistant (voice)
Einstein's Father (voice)
Michael Faraday (voice)
Carl Sagan ...
Himself (archive footage)
Sarah Faraday


Travel to 19th century England and meet Michael Faraday, a child of poverty who grew up to invent the motor and the generator. His ideas about electricity and discovery of magnetic fields changed the world and paved the way for future scientists to make giant strides in the world of high technology and instantaneous communication. Written by Anonymous

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This is a close study of the great Michael Faraday, who invented the motor, the generator, and numerous items that have become the foundation for modern technology. He did experiments on the properties of magnets and glass and light and found universal connections. He hooked up with Humphrey Davy as a young man from a poverty background and took his experiments to new levels. His reward? Exile to a glass factory to try to understand the means of making glass that had been hidden by those had already done the research. In other words, to discover methods that already existed. He persevered and through endless experimentation, became the greatest scientist of his era. Even then, he was laughed at because of his base upbringings. Think how much damage things like class structure and religion have done to stop the growth of science, especially in the British scientific community. There are so many things that could have been done to make the world a better place had not these forces intervened. Faraday, who suffered from depression and memory loss, set the table for likes of Albert Einstein and James Clerk Maxwell. Very fine episode.

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