Electric battery

1799 Electric battery

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Alessandro Volta electromagnetism Electric battery

Electric battery

Luigi Galvani

It didn’t just happen

Remote control

It didn’t just happen. Volta had experimented with static electricity for years. In 1775 he had improved and named the electrophorus. In 1775 and 1776 he studied methane from marshes and found that an electric spark could ignite it.

Volta demonstrated a remotely operated pistol, using a Leyden jar in Como to fire a pistol at the other end of a copper wire in Milan, fifty kilometers away.

Napoleon made Volta a count in 1810.

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