Michael Faraday (1791-1867) is one of the major scientific figures of all time. His discoveries, made in the basement laboratory of the Royal Institution, of electro-magnetic rotations and induction laid the foundations for electrical engineering. This illustrated talk, with a couple of demonstrations of his key discoveries, will examine all these aspects of Faraday’s life and how they relate to each other.
His discoveries of the magneto-optical effect and diamagnetism paved the way for his enunciation of the field theory of electro-magnetism which became and remains one of the cornerstones of modern physics.
But Faraday was also heavily involved with the practical application of science and in communicating science to a wide audience.
Frank James is Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution and editor of the Correspondence of Michael Faraday.
This event is free but places may need to be reserved.