Leyden jar

1745-1746

Leyden jar

The book of science

Tom Sharp


Ewald Georg von Kleist, Pieter van Musschenbroek electromagnetism

Leyden jar

Capacitance

Shock


Von Kleist and van Musschenbroek were wrong to think that electricity was a fluid, and Franklin was wrong that the electricity was contained in the glass of a Leyden jar. Useful discoveries are not always based on correct theories.

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