29th August 1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) apparently discovered electromagnetic induction on this day in 1831.

Michael Faraday

And the significance of this?

Lets see…

  • Do you have a transformer (or more likely many) in your house?
  • Does your power company use an electrical generator to provide you with electricity?
  • Do you have an induction cooker in your kitchen (those are the ones with a glass ceramic sheet that is easily cleaned)?

It is Faraday’s discovery that is the reason you have such luxuries.

Faraday had little formal education but became one of the most influential scientists of all time. One of my heroes.

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