Michael Faraday

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  • Geoffrey Nat Cantor (University of Leeds)

Faraday is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative scientists of the nineteenth century. He made many significant scientific discoveries, especially in the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. A highly accomplished experimentalist, he also reflected creatively on basic questions about the nature of matter, force, space and time, and laid the basis of field theory. Outside the laboratory he delivered lecture-demonstrations at the Royal Institution, including the famous scientific lectures for children, and he offered scientific advice to several civic agencies. A man of deep religious faith, he sought through his science to understand God’s creation.

Early Career

The son of an ironsmith …

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Cantor, Geoffrey Nat. "Michael Faraday". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 July 2010
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