|Thales of Miletus electromagnetism
Thales of Miletus is said to have studied magnetism. He is said to have first described rubbing amber with wool to generate a static electrical charge, but nothing that he wrote has survived; for dating his work, we sadly use the year of his death.
I shuffle across the carpet and here is a door knob. Rub a balloon on my head and stick it to the wall. Remove a wool cardigan, pet a cat; pop and snap. With a thunderstorm approaches, hair splays in all directions. You feel, you see unseen forces crackling.
The soul of amber
The nature of the material, in Latin electrum, is to convey its charge when rubbed. Aladdin’s genie appeared when Aladdin rubbed his lamp in which the genie had been imprisoned. Who’s to say that amber doesn’t have a soul? Rub me the right way and I’ll charge up.