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Guide to Electrostatics

Electrostatic effects were originally observed by the Greeks more than 2500 years ago when it was discovered that amber which had been rubbed with a silk cloth would attract small particles. Indeed, no other form of electricity was studied until 1800 and the introduction of Volta’s wet cell. The wet cell provided the first means of producing high electrical currents with only low voltages, and it was this combination which ultimately led to the full range of electrical equipment that is now considered essential to the modern way of life throughout the world.