“When we consider the magnitude and extent of his discoveries and their influence on the progress of science and of industry, there is no honour too great to pay to the memory of Faraday, one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time.” – Ernest Rutherford
The English scientist, Michael Faraday, was born on September 22, 1791. Before he passed away on August 25, 1867, he had made major contributions to mankind’s understanding of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. The most influential of his discoveries included the principles for electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. All of this with very little in the way of a formal education. This self educated man laid the foundation of the electric motor technology that has made electricity practical to use.
The theory of lines of force originated with Mr. Faraday. This theory states that all of reality is made of force itself. This theory has huge impact with respect to electricity, light and gravity. Down through the ages, there have thus far been variations on this theory but no actual replacement.
Faraday’s renown lecture on the theory of the forces of gravitation may be read here:
A documentary about the life of Michael Faraday may be viewed here: