Franklin’s kite

 

 Franklin’s kite

-Benjamin_Franklin_Lightning_Experiment_1752 B&W

 

15 June 1752: this is the traditional date for Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment (the exact date is unknown), which proved that lightning is electricity At the time electricity wasn’t “useful” yet, but it was just used for amusement. It was a polite entertainment for ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed creating  sparks and shocks

 

Through his experiment,  Franklin wanted to go farther than the popular tricks and uncover the unknown facts about the nature of lightning and electricity.

 

However, the standard account of  that experiment is disputed by some science historians, according to whom Franklin never performed it and the legend sprang from an article he wrote for the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1752 describing a theoretical kite-lightning experiment.

 

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