Discovering and harnessing the power of electricity brought us into the age we live in today. It has been more than three hundred years since it was first discovered in the 17th century by English scientist William Gilbert. In this documentary physicist Jim Al-Khalili explores the weird and wonderful world of the electron and shows how it has changed the world in which we live in today through the pages of history. A focus is made on both the physics and the people behind the discoveries to give us a clear picture of how electricity and electromagnetism changed a rather dull human world to one which is now fruitful and prosperous. Without the power of electricity we would not have the internet, radio, basic lighting and countless other things which is a testament to its importance to us all.
This documentary is all three episodes in the series compiled into one video.
The episodes are:
Spark: When electricity was first discovered pioneers using strange instruments.
The Age of Invention: Transforming the world by making a connection between magnetism and electricity.
Revelations and Revolutions: When we truly came to understand electromagnetism.