The History and Present State of Electricity, Vol. 1 : With Original Experiments (Classic Reprint)

Joseph Priestley

Excerpt from The History and Present State of Electricity, Vol. 1: With Original Experiments In writing the History and Present State of Electricity, I flatter myself that I shall give pleasure, as well to persons who have a taste for Natural Philosophy in general, as to electricians in particular and I hope the work will be of some advantage to the science itself. Both these ends would certainly be answered in a considerable degree, were the execution at all answerable to the design. The History of Electricity is a field full of pleasing objects, according to all the genuine and universal principles of taste, deduced from a knowledge of human nature. Scenes like these, in which we fee a gradual rife and progress in things, always exhibit a pleasing spectacle to the human mind. Nature, in all her delightful walks, abounds with such views, and they are in a more especial manner connected with every thing that relates to human life and happiness things, in their own nature, the most interesting to us. Hence it is, that the power of association has annexed crouds pleasing sensations to the contemplation of every object, in which this property is apparent. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.