The myth of Michael Faraday

Baggott, Jim
September 1991
New Scientist;9/21/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1787, p43
The article presents information on Michael Faraday, a clever theoretician and one of Great Britain's greatest experimenters. On September 22, 1791 Faraday was born in a London slum, the third son of a poor blacksmith. Although denied a formal education, Faraday rose from poverty and obscurity to secure a central place in science. He was a truly great British hero, but the popular image of him as a kind of "Isambard Kingdom Brunel" of science does not do his memory justice. Faraday's bicentenary is being celebrated in Britain in several ways. An exhibition of his life and work will continue at the Science Museum until the end of December. Several new books about Faraday and the Royal Institution have been published. His name and picture feature on a new stamp and a new 20 pound note. INSET: Davy, Faraday and the Royal Institution..


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