Where would we be without electricity106, eh? Well, I’ll tell you, here’s where…
It’s incredible to think how many of us take this miraculous discovery for granted. Here are some of the things I use on an every day basis that require electricity: ceiling lights107, lamps108, CD player109, TV110, Sky+ box111, DVD112, MacBook113, iPhone114, fridge115, freezer116, oven extractor fan117, oven118, toaster119, modem120, vacuum cleaner121, iron122, washing machine123, kettle124, microwave125, iPod126, handheld vacuum127, my car128 and me.
Maybe the last one has its own internal power supply and not reliant on United Utilities. God forbid I’d have to wait for an engineer to come out and fix me some time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Usually, five minutes before the latter.)
I’m also grateful for all of the above devices and gadgets, which I find indispensable. Okay, maybe I could live without an oven or an iron. But there’s no way I could live without my Sky+ box.
Who do we have to thank for this amazing invention? Well, tons of people. Because lots of different people invented and discovered different elements related to electricity over a couple of hundred years.
Here are a few notables:
Benjamin Franklin – proved existence of electricity in nature, 1752;
Luigi Galvani – bioelectricity, 1791;
Alessandro Volta – battery, 1800;
Michael Faraday – electric motor, 1821;
Alexander Graham Bell – telephone, 1875;
Thomas Edison – light bulb, 1879.