Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity is a three part BBC documentary series presented by Jim Al-Khalili, telling the story of our quest to master nature's most mysterious force - electricity. The first episode "Spark" tells of how pioneers unlocked electricity's mysteries and built strange instruments to create it. The second episode "The Age of Invention" shows how harnessing the link between magnetism and electricity transformed the world. And the third and final episode "Revelations and Revolutions" tells the story of how we finally came to understand electromagnetism after centuries of experimentation.

Episode 1 - Spark

Episode 1 - Spark
This episode tells the story of the very first 'natural philosophers' who started to unlock the mysteries of electricity.

Episode 2 - The Age of Invention
This episode discovers how harnessing the link between magnetism and electricity would completely transform the world, allowing us to generate a seemingly limitless amount of electric power.

Episode 3 - Revelations and Revolutions
This episode tells the story of how a new age of real understanding dawned - how we discovered electric fields and electromagnetic waves.

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