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Volts, Amps and Ohms: Current affairs in revolutionary Europe


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A joint event with The Yorkshire Philosophical Society. The story of Volta, Ampere and Ohm and the units named in their honour - a mix of history, biography and science.

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19 March 2013 - 19:30-21:00


York, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Yorkshire North local network.

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How do you measure "electricity"? In the 18th Century, measurement equipment included pith-balls and frogs’ legs and there were no established units. Making sense of experiments was a challenge. However, by the early 19th century sense had started to be made of it all and measurement techniques had developed to allow insights into the fundamental laws of electricity. Much of this development is credited to three key scientists: an Italian – Alessandro Volta, a Frenchman – André-Marie Ampere and a German – Georg Simon Ohm. Their names are familiar to us through the units named in their honour. This lecture will follow their work and lives during a period of political turmoil in Europe and explain how we arrived to using Volts, Amps and Ohms.


Patrick Mason


19:15  Doors open   
19:30  Lecture starts
21:00  Finish           

Additional information

More details can be found on the website of The Yorkshire Philosophical Society The Yorkshire Philosophical Society offers activities and an annual lecture series to stimulate interest in and improve public understanding of natural sciences and social sciences.

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Public Lecture
No registration required

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