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Thales of Miletus - Discovers Static Electricity

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This image depicts a Greek stamp honoring Thales of Miletus.  He is shown with a piece of amber (called ilektron in Greek).

Around 585 BC, Thales discovered that if he rubbed amber (ilektron) with a piece of fur, that amber could attract lightweight objects (like feathers) to itself.  Thales had discovered the principle of static electricity.

Because he lacked the tools to investigate further - as did subsequent thinkers and experimenters for more than 2,000 additional years - no one really followed-up on Thales’ ideas until the late-17th and early-18th centuries.


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