Electroscopes 1789

From: JohnPalmer@wirksworth.org.uk
Date: Sat Feb 12 2005 - 01:50:15 PST

Hello Deb,

          Found your Snack Talk about Electroscopes most interesting.
The gold leaf electroscope was invented about 1789 by Abraham BENNET.
He wrote a book about it, together with 141 experiments he used it
for. The experiments are written out in a simple way, like what to
do with a Leggo set. He did things that kids should NOT do, like
flying a kite in a thunderstorm.
          I have just transcribed BENNET's book, together with lots of
images. Have a look at:
It might even give you more ideas of what to do in electrostatics.
For instance, can you reproduce his beautiful "Lichtenburg figure",

Best wishes,

John Palmer, Dorset, England
Author of Wirksworth website

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