Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

TV Show (2011 - 2012)

Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity
Jim Al-Khalili charts the history of mankind's attempt to understand and harness the power of electricity.
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  • Season 1 Episode 3: Revelations and Revolutions

    Jim Al-Khalili explains how the study of electric fields and electromagnetic waves led to breakthroughs in communications and broadcasting, creating a world more dependent than ever on electrical power. He also investigates why scientists researching electrical superconductivity believe their work could have far-reaching effects

  • Season 1 Episode 2: The Age of Invention

    Jim Al-Khalili charts how scientists discovered the connection between electricity and magnetism, and explains why this breakthrough gave mankind far greater control over electrical forces. He also reveals that their findings were crucial to the development of electricity as a mass-produced source of power, leading to innovations in communications, manufacturing, transport and technology

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Sparks

    Jim Al-Khalili charts the history of mankind's attempt to understand and harness the power of electricity. He begins by exploring the writings and theories of scientific innovators including Humphrey Davy and Stephen Gray, and examines the methods they used to create and control electrical forces. He also tells the story of the battery, the first major breakthrough in the human race's battle to use electricity for its own ends

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Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

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