A Short History of Electric Shocks

Talk by Tim Hunkin (He/him) ⚠️ πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§

Friday from 3:50 PM - 4:30 PM in Stage A

This talk has the following content notes:
Includes details of death from electric shocks and electrocution. I guess some children could be scared but the intent is to entertain not to shock. I think most kids would enjoy it.

This talk is about our delight, awe and fear of electricity and its effects on the human body. It charts our changing relationship with it from the 18th century to today. I particularly love the 18th century gentlemen scientists with their electrical entertainments - particularly because they appreciated the magic of electriocity and were so excited by it. Its sad that people today just take electricity for granted. Over the years I've accumulated a collection of contemporary images which I'll use to illustrate the talk. It may include a few demonstations as well.

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