BBC · 2011 · Presenter: Jim Al-Khalili
Until recently, electricity was seen as a magical power. It could slay the living, revive the dead, and bend the laws of nature. It is now the lifeblood of the modern world, fueling our lives and underpinning every aspect of technological advancement. Without it, we would be lost. Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature's most mysterious force.
Al-Khalili takes us on a journey from the pioneers of electrostatic demonstrations to the age of electromagnetic waves. It's a human story of the history of electricity, with twists and turns I did not know.
This episode presents a nice history of early electrical devices and practitioners. Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of our quest to master nature's most mysterious force - electricity. Episode one tells the story of the very first `natural philosophers' who started to unlock the mysteries of electricity. They studied its curious link to life, built strange and powerful instruments to create it and even tamed lightning itself.