Electrons at Play

Electrons at Play

Century of Electrifying Discoveries

Streaming Video - 2005
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This lively program presents the 1998 Faraday Lecture, which explains how the discovery of the electron by J. J. Thomson profoundly impacted both everyday life and scientific innovation. Combining stimulating on-stage experiments, computer graphics, interviews, and even a visit to CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, the program illustrates the principles of electrostatics and electromagnetism, examines the workings of the cathode ray tube and flat-screen TV, and inquires into the origin of the universe. A Wimshurst machine, a Tesla coil, a plasma globe, an electron microscope, and a particle accelerator are demonstrated.

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