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Short Stories of Science and Invention

A Collection of Radio Talks by
Charles F. Kettering


27.  Christmas Lecturer

Book binding     He started out as a newsboy and later, at the age of seventeen, he was apprenticed to a bookbinder and stationer. His education had been very limited - just a little reading, writing and arithmetic, but in his new job he found the time to read and learn about many new things. His attention was drawn to an article about electricity in the Encyclopaedia Britannica which he was binding. He became so interested in the accounts of the experiments that he tried to save up enough money to do them himself.

     In his search for knowledge, Faraday was fortunate enough to attend some of Sir Humphrey Davy's lectures on science at the Royal Institution. Davy's lectures interested Faraday so much that he took down complete notes, a copy of which he later bound and sent Sir Humphrey.

     Davy, after reading the notes, offered young Faraday a position as laboratory assistant at a salary of about $10.00 per week. Nothing could have been more fortunate than this connection with Sir Humphrey Davy for here was the beginning of an epoch of experimental science.

Faraday     At this time, the principles of electricity were just being discovered. On Christmas Day, in 1821, while he was showing an experiment to his wife, Faraday got the idea that turned out to be the basic principle of all electric generators and motors. It took months of experimenting before he could prove that the principle was correct.


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Charles Babbage
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Pierre Laplace
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Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
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Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
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Gustave Eiffel
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JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
David Hume
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Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
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