Discovering Electricity - Galvani and Volta

Two Italian academics, who helped propel the world into the modern age, were working in, or near, Bologna in the late-18th century.

Luigi Galvani (in Bologna) disagreed with theories posed by Alessandro Volta (in Pavia, about 150 miles from Bologna).  The men could not have been more different as they thought about science, but both were fascinated by electricity.

Who were they?  What did they believe about electricity?  How did their individual philosophies help them to formulate (then test) their theories?

Media Credits

Clip from "History of Electricity," a 2011 production by the BBC and Open University, online via BBC's Channel at YouTube.  Copyright BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.


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