Understanding Electricity Through History Introduction Examining the history of understanding electricity reveals that there was very little knowledge about electricity throughout most of human history. It was not until the 17th and 18th centuries that knowledge in this field of study began to increase because of the work of scientists such as William Gilbert, Robert Boyle, Stephen Gray, and Benjamin Franklin. Through their contributions and the later work of James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein, knowledge and understanding of electricity was significantly expanded, and the scientific community built upon these achievements in order to attain a much more complete and comprehensive understanding of electricity. The use of historical case...The end:
.....lectricity was an important step forward, Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism was revolutionary, and Einstein’s special theory of relativity was even more important, for it resolved the issue of whether rest and motion are relative or absolute and has vast implications. In the final analysis, examining their contributions and observing the cumulative effect of scientific inquiry over the years through the use of historical case studies demonstrates how useful this process is in terms of expanding knowledge and understanding of concepts in science. Sources Baigrie, Brian S. Electricity and Magnetism: A Historical Perspective. New York: Greenwood Press, 2006. Saslow, Wayne M. Electricity, Magnetism, and Light. New York: Academic Press, 2002.