Aa100 Faraday

Part 1. Faraday.

According to the author of the extract from the Assignment Booklet, p23,
what aspects of Faraday’s life and work contributed to his reputation?

The author of the extract is obviously an avid fan of Faraday and writes with enthusiasm and great respect for the scientist and lecturer. The author starts off by mentioning the ‘beauty of some of the experiments was remarkable’ and thus hints at the simplicity of many of Faraday’s experiments that are now taken for granted. His electrical discoveries alone turned Faraday into one of the great scientists in our history.

Faraday was not interested in material possessions and the author mentions that he could have made a fortune out of benzol or some of his other discoveries. He chose not to as ‘he felt that he had other work to do’ and it was this attitude that won him many admirers. He was also a self-made man who had not studied at University but had still aspired to laying Nature’s mysteries bare. The Victorians believed Faraday was how a scientist should be and that ‘he lived simply, with few wants’ further proved his focus on science and all it’s secrets.

The author writes that ‘his eye was fixed upon the truth itself and not upon the useful results that might come from the knowledge of it’ which highlights how Faraday was not particularly interested in creating new material technologies but more the truth behind them. This allowed Faraday to work on many different things and start off a chain of thought in a certain direction. It was because of Faraday’s expansive studying that so many technologies were attributed to him such as the electric light, the telephone, the electric motor, etc. As more inventions were assigned to the work that Faraday had done his reputation increased to such an extent that the Faraday centenary celebrations took place.

How does the picture presented in the extract compare to the picture of
Faraday’s reputation in his own lifetime presented in Book 1,...