Triboelectric effect

546 BCE

Triboelectric effect

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Thales of Miletus electromagnetism

Triboelectric effect

Sparks

The soul of amber

Thales thought that each material thing has its own soul, which defines it and gives it life. A lodestone, for example, is alive because it attracts iron particles. Instead of using mythology to explain natural phenomena, he used reasoning from observations and hypotheses.

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