Charles Grafton Page’s Experiment with a Spiral Conductor

@article{Cavicchi2008CharlesGP,
  title={Charles Grafton Page’s Experiment with a Spiral Conductor},
  author={Elizabeth Cavicchi},
  journal={Technology and Culture},
  year={2008},
  volume={49},
  pages={884 - 907}
}
  • E. Cavicchi
  • Published 17 December 2008
  • Physics
  • Technology and Culture
In the 1830s, American experimenter Charles Grafton Page pioneered electromagnetism, developing instruments, experimental practice, and understandings that were foundational for nineteenth-century technologies such as the telegraph and induction coil. While a student, Page detected electricity in a spiral conductor where direct current had not passed and no one expected current to be. He felt bodily shock and saw sparks. This paper explores that experiment through historical accounts and my own… 
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