Today on Far Future Horizons we present the first episode of an electrifying documentary series titled Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity hosted by Professor Jim Al-Khalili.
In this three part series Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force – electricity. Until fairly recently, electricity was seen as a magical power, but it is now the lifeblood of the modern world and underpins every aspect of our technological advancements.
Without electricity, we would be lost. This series tells of dazzling leaps of imagination and extraordinary experiments – a story of maverick geniuses who used electricity to light our cities, to communicate across the seas and through the air, to create modern industry and to give us the digital revolution.
Episode one tells the story of the very first ‘natural philosophers’ who started to unlock the mysteries of electricity. They studied its curious link to life, built strange and powerful instruments to create it and even tamed lightning itself. It was these men who truly laid the foundations of the modern world. Electricity was without doubt a fantastical wonder. This is the story about what happened when the first real concerted effort was made to understand electricity; how we learned to create and store it, before finally creating something that enabled us to make it at will – the battery.
Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity is available on DVD from the Open University.
Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity Episode 1 - Spark
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